Live: Kurt Vile Commands A Sea Of Hair And Plaid At Union Pool
Union Pool is one of the long-standing hook-up bars in Williamsburg. For as long as we can remember, it's been a place where people, usually young and fresh-faced college kids new to Brooklyn, go to flirt and maybe get picked up. But on Friday night, things were different: Kurt Vile was playing in the club space, and with him came a menagerie of older, bearded, more experienced gentlemen.
Sure, the crowd outside was still fashionable and hip, but inside were die-hard fans, nerds and cool kids mingling together.
Vile played the sold-out show with his band, the Violators. Since the last time we've seen them, a harpist (Mary from Espers) has been added. The band is now enchanting as well as rocking.
Vile's hair is a main player in the show. The music was loud and awe-inspiring. No show is complete without a loud, drunken Australian heckler. There was a lot of plaid. A rare glimpse of Vile's FACE. "Freak Train" featured a free-jazz solo. This guy could really wail. Hairy and proud? Kurt Vile loves the Sadies I guess harpists get carpal tunnel too? She really wasn't into it... Who knew Vin Diesel was a Kurt Vile fan? The whole band had the long-hair thing going on. Even Vile's pedals are emotional. The Mad Scene opened the show with straightforward, non-nostalgic rock 'n' roll. These guys have been doing this forever... The night wouldn't be complete without a vuvuzela!