Arthur Nights was like a four day music camp. Britt and I provided the fans with some Show Pony costume changes. The Hit and Run boys silkscreened like madmen next door, and Ivory read peoples fortunes. Did we mention that seeing Heath Ledger two nights in a row (looking like Randy in Valley Girl) reinforced our desire to come back to work? First of all the PALACE is stunning. Art deco windows and elaborate black rickety elevators- seemed to really bring the haunting ghosts some life. (Britt heard the place has 21 ghosts that feed off your energy like vampires) It did seem to suck the life force right out of us. On the positive side--We saw some great performances by Devendra, Sun Ra Arkestra, The Living Sisters, and others.
One of our favorites was the Brooklyn band Effi Briest. They are a 7 piece band of lovely ladies who are sort of like the Manson Family revival. I guess that doesn't sound as good as it really is- so here's a desciption from their myspace page:
"there's a reference point for what EFFI BRIEST does it lies somewhere in a twilight zone between the exploratory abandon of early D.I.Y. & a sort of visionary macabre, like the sound of a ghost band at a seance. Not to say that the sounds they make are strictly ethereal or morose; group vocals, guitars, accordion & an ocarina form a free-leaning haze over a backbone of shaker-garage. The communal aspect is key. You can see it's the convergence of seven distinct personalities, pulling from as many sources as are vital to them without standing in anyone's shadow. In a sense they're writing their own rules, & that comes across in the originals. An EFFI BRIEST song may start out in one sonic terrain & wind up after a few scenic asides in another realm entirely, but there's an underlying unity that can only come from a keen group aesthetic. "
To top is off the band came by the Show Pony and bought some stuff and were very nice.