Saturday, October 31, 2020

Live(Stream) Show Review: Brasstracks takes over Brooklyn’s House of Yes for the “Golden Ticket” release show

Live(Stream) Show Review: Brasstracks takes over Brooklyn’s House of Yes for the “Golden Ticket” release show

Seven months into this pandemic, we were overwhelmed with plenty of Livestream content from artists we love on their phones’  in their living rooms. And while it was nice for a while, it quickly became something that fell off after the first two months or so. But as we’ve begun to return to the “new normal”, bands are taking it to a whole other level and we’re fully here for it. Bands have been renting out or playing in empty venues to bring you that full band concert experience, be it your Warped favorites like The Maine and Black Veil Brides to the horn and trumpet filled Brasstracks. The latter played a full band show last Sunday at the Brooklyn venue House of Yes and it was everything you could hope it would be. A band that was poised to tour their debut album, ‘Golden Ticket’, lost that opportunity due to Covid-19 but made the best of a situation and created a stellar virtual show experience. 

A socially distanced performance was great to see on the stream, their interaction with the virtual audience was on point, and special guests came in throughout the performance. Be it two of the members of Lawrence for their track “Hold Ya” to reoccurring performances featuring John Splithoff and Fatherdude, amongst others. It was an upbeat 80 minutes that never stopped flowing and provided a perfect momentarily antidote for the loss of live shows right now. While “Golden Ticket” made up a strong part of the show with definitely a few fan favorites splintered in throughout the set, the acclaimed duo took it up another notch with a live chatroom for fans as well as with emojis, and interactions from Team Brasstracks in the chat. As well as stepping up their game and performing three different sets for different areas of the world, it was a hugely ambitious project and one the band flourished at. 

It sets the bar for Livestreams to come, which are becoming plentiful, and definitely worth the minimal “covers” that bands are selling for the show. And you aren’t just paying for the show, you’re allowing some income for bands and artists that haven’t been able to play live or tour since mid-March. And honestly, I’m thriving with this “new normal” considering the current state of affairs in our country. It’s a great way for acts to connect with fans and provide a safe live show environment. Hawthorne Heights plays one today to benefit much loved Boston music venue, Brighton Music Hall. UK rapper Yungblud is doing a virtual tour, Boston Manor is playing their hometown venue in Blackpool on the 15th. Hope to see you “virtually” at some shows!