The last time I visited the Living Room, located in the Lower East Side, was to see a band from Oklahoma City perform during the CMJ Music Marathon. Coincidentally, I returned to the Living Room to see the Uglysuit perform once again. Named by Paste Magazine as one the 'Best 10 Bands we Discovered at CMJ 2009', the Uglysuit has been making big impressions on the music scene, playing festivals like CMJ and SXSW and creating a much-deserved buzz afterward. Even before Wednesday's show, Time Out New York named their show one of the week's best.
With a capacity crowd on hand, the band performed a well-rounded set consisting of old standards and some newer material; the band also performed an all ages show earlier in the day. They create some pretty fantastic music but what really draws me to them is their stage presence; some of the most energetic performers I've seen, they perform with a raw intensity that is drawn from their passion for making music. I was impressed by their newer material as well, building on their sound from their self-titled debut album. Really not much more I can say about this six-piece that I haven't said before, so I'll let the music speak for itself. Do yourself a favor and catch them when you can. Videos of the set are below:
The Uglysuit @ Living Room Reviewed by Scott Rowe, Editor on 1:04:00 PM Rating: