Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Portraits of Past - Live @ Cake Shop NYC

I went and saw Portraits of Past this saturday. It was EPIC.

When I got there I was almost as excited to see Off Minor and Ampere play. Especially Off Minor as I had never seen them and was told they were great live. So to begin, the Cake Shop is very small. And it was very crowded. Very.

So Off MInor played, and while I enjoyed listening to their set, I was a little bummed that a lot of the people in the front just kind of stood around. I mean, if youve listened to Off Minor than you know that they have a pretty explosive quality. I expected the place to erupt in flying bodies. This was not the case and it was somewhat to my dismay. Nonetheless, they played adequately and Jaime did all the straight arms and good ole hardcore guitar maneuvers that you would hope for. I just couldnt really see them that well so all in all it was good, but not much better than listening to their records.

Ampere was next. I saw Ampere play with Daitro last year and that was a great show. People were into and plenty of people were moving. As was the case with Off Minor, no one moved. I barely even saw people moving their heads. Again I was slightly disappointed. Of course Ampere sounded great, but since I had the same spot I couldnt really see them going off and since no one was moving there was a general air of "lets just get this over with because I am hot as fuck right now and I could be home listening to my records and having more fun". It confounds me that people dont physically react to this kind of music more. Maybe it is because Off Minor and Ampere play technically complex songs and its harder to find a groove to lock into. As a side note, it occurred to me that Ampere and Off Minor would have been very likely candidates for a split recording. I am not sure why this hasnt happened and as of now I am not sure it will. Rumors abound of Off Minors imminent end. When I asked Jaime who was selling their records he repiled "No one!" and laughed and then added, "The real question is: Who is buying our record? NO ONE!!! HAHAHAH!!!". I simply said, "Well, I want to buy one if you can have someone sell it to me and he kind of was like, "Oh... okay... cool."

So by the time Portraits of Past were coming on, I was getting to the point where I was antsy for this to be over. Not that it was a bad time, but, well, read above... Last year I saw Lifetime and Brainworms on two separate occasions and they were both bonkers. People going off! Thats what I like about going to hardcore shows. The kinetic energy and the way it affects the band... It becomes a cycle. A closed circuit loop where the band electrifies the audience and the audience in turn electrifies the band. I think I will go on record right now and say that if I am going to any punk or hardcore show that I expect that to be the way its going to be. I want action and craziness. I want a time I can remember. Not just a hotter, louder more crowded version of me listening to records in the comfort of my own home. If you disagree, then why are you into this kind of music.

Portraits of Past made good on this ideal. And not only PoP, but the crowd made good on this deal. People went off. It was great and affirming. Just when I thought I was bored enough to leave, PoP and the crowd came through in spades. Man it was hot. Very good time. They closed with Journeyman which was what I was hoping for. I beat my chest very hard. I sweated about 5 lbs of liquid out of my body. I went home emaciated and glowing. I can only hope for more shows like this.

These are some pics from Damian. They are not from the cake shop. They are from the SF shows and the Death By Audio show in Brooklyn. One thing I will say is the Cake Shop is too small to be that crowded and I have yet to see any good photos from that show. If you know of any, or if you took any that look great, send em through and I will post them here. These shots are pretty freaking cool though, and I think you can get the idea.


Blogger Jared Dillon said...

they a split 7". its old material though. sucks that the crowd was dead. when i saw Off Minor it was in a super small basement so no room to bump around but it was a great show.

3:24 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

Everyone was dead until Portraits played. Then the place exploded.

I dont have the energy to write a better write up of the show. Too busy right now, but I didnt want to let it get much further...

Ampere / Off Minor split 7" I am unaware of this...

3:30 PM  
Anonymous Mike Matyus said...

hey, I was there but I didn't see you.

The Ampere/PoP the night before at Death by Audio was way more enjoyable compared to the sauna at the Cake Shop even though Off Minor/Ampere/PoP was a killer line up.
I ended up leaving midway through PoP because it was just disgustingly hot (up in the front especially.)

5:01 PM  
Blogger sweet baby jaysus said...

chest pounding/finger pointing is the new pit. self-contained but just as violent. thank you for beating your chest in my absence, i would have been right next to you with a black and blue chest had i made it.

5:10 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

Mike... i was up in front wearing a green army hat and a blue shirt with a gold foil machine gun on it. I heard the DBA show was more exciting. Wish I went to that one.

Jay, I sent your package out today. But i realized I forgot something... I forgot to add the cashish... uhhh, I guess I can either pay pal yu are give it to you in October... whaddayasay?

Hope you like the t-shirt though!

5:38 PM  
Blogger sweet baby jaysus said...

s'all good brother, i'll hunt you down october styles. no biggie. can't wait to see the pop shirt. hells yeah!

6:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i thought the ampere split was just a 7" that they took on their australian tour (only 300 or something), with their songs off that vegan comp.

i have this set from a das oath/ampere tour where; ampere played their set and everyone does the crossed armed waltz. then das oath start and the place gets torn apart. i don't get it. same thing in some orchid video i have too.

9:02 PM  
Blogger Saucy said...

I'd like to start this comment by saying that the statement about summer fading into fall really hit home. Soon I'll have to put my comfortable new flip-flops away and start wearing socks again. (yes, I wear flip flops, not punx ^_~). I've been a reader here for quite some time and a downloader for a couple months, so I figured I should at least introduce myself. My name is John, people call me Saucy. Tim may remember me as "shadowcaster187" on the purevolume forums. I try to dabble in the listening of almost every category in music, and I'm admittedly noobish compared to most of you guys in punk, hardcore, emo, screamo, etc. knowledge. I denounce commercial radio and the pop charts and there's no good scene in my home area (around Harrisburg, PA) to speak of, or at least that I had access to, so most of my music is either from my parents (the classic rock stuff) or the internet. I'm currently a freshman at Lock Haven University in sunny nowhereassville, northern Pennsylvania. It's a pretty good place overall though. If anyone wants to see a list of artists I listen to, I can post it. Just figured it was a little wrong to be a lurker in such a close-knit community.

11:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm brad. i like toitles.

11:50 PM  
Blogger Batguano said...

I just feel bad for the bands. I had a similar experience when Off Minor and Amanda Woodward played here on the west side. Even the applause were a bit limp at that show. And these bands traveled far to be here (in Woodward's case, REALLY far). To come all the way from France and be welcomed so luke-warmly must have sent a pretty sad message to them. I guess it's a slight (albeit a bit of a sickly)comfort to know this is not just endemic to San Diego...

But ah, there's still the music... Audience posturing aside, both bands tore shit up that night!

12:42 AM  
Blogger papstar said...

thats sucks that people don't get more excited....seems weird to even go if you are just going to sit there, its not dinner theater. But you got to see 3 awesome bands, so that rules.

Here is the Shivering 10" I keep forgetting to up...

The Shivering - To the Ground 10"

and in case some people don't have it yet, here is the new 12" from who calls so loud

sorry it took so long for the shivering...its good, so hopefully someone still wants it.

12:55 PM  
Blogger papstar said...

Oh, and hey saucy...good to have you.

12:56 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

hey Saucy / Shadowcaster / John. I remember you. Good to see you around. Lurk all you want, but make sure to say whatsup now and then.

Brad... does toitles = turtles? titles? toilets?
I found that Ampere / Off Minor split you mentioned. 300 copies.. damn. They are long gone.

BatGuano - I feel for them too sometimes. The la Quiete blog is interesting in that respect. Some of the place they played... I dont even know what they think of America... then again, neither do I.

Paps! Awesome. So psyched. Gonna listen now. I have the ...Who Calls 12" on the way. Cant wait. But I will be needing mp3's for the train and work.
Also, I am stealing your Cornerstone link to post. ^_~

2:08 PM  
Blogger proven hollow said...

well i hate to break it to you, but that show sounds exactly how the early mid 90s were for these kinds of bands...lots of standing still and most of the times, the crowd actually sitting down. ugh it was terrible. and yeah, it was hot back then too. sounds like a perfect "reunion" on all levels!

3:08 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

People went crazy for PoP... Maybe I should have stressed that even more... But yeah. the rest of it was tame...

Paps, that ...Who Calls So Loud... are you sure thats the 12"... it seems a little short and 2 tracks are pure nonsense... hmmm. I guess I will see. But if thats the real deal, then I am not sure I will be keeping it for very long... hmmm...

The Shivering is fantastic...

4:21 PM  
Blogger gabbagabbahey said...

yeah, those tracks add up to about 12 minutes so that's hardly the full LP... it does include 'M'ed Palms' (a song about palm muted guitars?) though which is the song from their myspace. 'Lark Vs. Rascal' rocks, too. not sure if I'd call the non-hardcore tracks "pure nonsense", you close-minded punk rock purist :) I did like the slide guitar on the 10"...

appreciate further details, paps - I only found out about this a couple of days and I had been looking for mp3s of it. thanks for this though!

blend - have you heard about the new Grails record, Doomsdayers? it has boobies on the cover, among other things. and it sounds pretty good, too. as you'd expect. just put in my pre-order for it on TRL. and another order elsewhere for the LP of Take Refuge.

prolific bands = rock!

4:58 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

yes, I have heard of this... I need to own. I freaking love Grails... TRL is taking pre-orders? good news. Thanks!

I guess I was being harsh on the "pure nonsense"... it just wasnt what I was expecting

The ..Who Calls 10" is so cool. What a good record. I still like Sleeplike the best. I love how he screams "Callous!!!"

6:56 PM  
Blogger dwp said...

you're a lucky dude! at least for the PoP show..

12:55 PM  
Anonymous Rafael Diaz (we were skeletons) said...

hey I was going nuts during ampere! and i wanted to go nuts during off minor but noone else was moving and i, uh, felt weird haha. I was the bearded brown kid up front, i'm getting butt raped by my friend in the brooklyn vegan picture of the show. In any case, it was the only PoP show I could've gone to, so i enjoyed it enough haha. oh and the Off Minor/Ampere 7" is australia tour only, my friend got it for my band when he was doing study abroad in australia. Yeah!

12:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saw PoP/La Quiete/Phoenix Bodies at Gilman in California. Yaphet Kotto was a no show though, lame!

11:12 PM  
Anonymous Rob from Portraits said...

Hey man -
I linked this to our site. Hope that's OK with you. Thanks for the write-up!


2:04 PM  

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