It’s been awhile since we’ve found our no longer new Finnish friends in Naked doing a New York City gig so when the chance to check them out once more came up I was very happy to participate in the fun. It was St. Patrick’s Day in New York and you can read that as overall mayhem and serious drinking that leaves people numb for a couple of days afterward. It’s honestly not a day that I generally head into the city, but since I needed to be there for the evening’s Hank 3 show, I replied to the text from “The Muff” and said that he could count on our coverage. What better way to celebrate one’s Irish heraldry than with some good old fashioned Finnish Glam Rock. The interesting thing about this show was that it would be held at the Riff Clothing store and be a “stripped down” version of the band (meaning only The Muff and his other guitarist Zack Schleidecker). Please click the logo below to see the full on concert report and enjoy the photos taken, but then get back to this blog posting to enjoy the side images from the event and some video that was taken.
I shot a couple of videos with the ever trusty Panasonic Lumix to make sure that more of the bands fans would be able to enjoy the very intimate appearance. The first clip is “Sonic High” which I have mentioned is one of my favorite tunes by the band from their “Double Down” CD.
I also snared the guys doing “High On Blue Love” which Muff had just told the story about his trying Viagra and coming up with this song. Sigh. Musicians. It still made for a funny tale.
After the set was done I snared some candid shots of The Muff and Zack. Sometimes The Muff was paying attention and sometimes Zack. It was casual and worked just the same.
Now let’s take a look at some of the wonderful musical toys that let these guys do their thing. First up is the stuff of The Muff.
and now Zack’s axe. Hey that rhymes……
A good batch of effects are always nice to have around in a Rock and Roll band, and The Muff had a couple.
Zack on the other hand had quite a few more. He told me that he made the silver one that is seen in the center….
Let’s check out some of the other stuff that I saw at the show. Here is the show poster. The store managers would later have the guys sign a copy of this.
In the event you wondered whose guitar case this was, the answer is very clear.
Thanks to the advances of technology, the entire show was being recorded via iPhone. I did a couple of clips myself with the Panasonic Lumix that you saw earlier in the blog posting.
These boots were made for rocking.
There were some new fans for the bands music as we found with this cool group of St. Patrick’s Day revelers. 3/4′s of them made sure to tell me that they were NOT Irish. I will not hold that against them.
Since they stopped their own adventuring to support the band, I made sure to capture a shot of them with the guys.
Riff Clothing seems to be a cool place, so I asked one of their staff, the lovely Vicky, to pose by some drums. Led Zeppelin’s “Moby Dick” was playing at the time and that was what kicked off the idea.
I needed some horns from the lass of course since this is a largely Metal site. Look closely at the image, there is a slight illusion going on.
Vicky and Rick of Riff Clothing give the PiercingMetal Man a curious glance.
After the band finished they brought out some really awesome sugar cookies. I had a couple and loved each and every bite. Oh yes and let me not forget to showcase a quick visual of the storefront so you know about it.
Now it was time for me to brave the city streets and head uptown. My plan was to find a space for a pint of some kind and some food but not to overdo it. I still had a show to cover at 9pm. As I said in the concert review, this part of my day was like being in an episode of “The Walking Drunk”, err I mean “Dead”.
Lines of green at every glance. Step wisely and carefully lest some green beer get on your leather.
There were a ton of pub crawls going on today. I was glad to see the bars doing so well.