In support of their tenacious, high-adrenaline debut album Manhattan, emerging garage rock band SKATERS hosted their album release show at Bowery Ballroom Monday night. The evening’s opening set was performed by the Brooklyn-local alternative punk band The So So Glos, who hyped up the crowd with an uproarious Wu Tang Clan single upon their entrance. The So So Glos also had the pleasure of releasing a new album this week, Tourism / Terrorism, which the band previewed during their set. It was roughly forty minutes of sweaty, clobbering madness, with lead singer Alex Levine occasionally singling out the few cross-armed, texting spectators by mimicking their disinterested actions. They were hard not to love.
SKATERS emerged from backstage to the tune of the “Ghostbuster’s Theme Song,” in homage to the late Harold Ramis. The four-piece gained a member for the live performance, drum kit mounted on an elevated platform while lead, rhythm, and bass guitar thrashed exuberantly with singer-songwriter Michael Cummings. Their set ranged from boisterous, pop-leaning noise rock to downtempo, reggae-influenced post-punk, replicating the diverse fullness of their debut album. At the tail-end of their set, Cummings dedicated a song to a familiar face in the crowd before erupting into a buoyant rendition of The Smiths‘ “This Charming Man.” It came as a surprise, but it made sense that the self-acclaimed “plasma punk” group would gravitate to the lo-fi, popcorn riffs of this electrifying dance-rock jam. After two encore songs, one of which being the salaciously lethargic “Bandbreaker,” SKATERS thanked the crowd and Cummings wished his mother (seated in the balcony) a happy birthday.