This Weekend In New York: Zambri, Black Pus, Coasting, And Chain And The Gang Get Frisky


In Waste Of Paint, our writer/artist team of Jamie Peck and Debbie Allen will review goings-on about town in words and images.

Maybe it was just the warm weather messing with my head, but everyone in New York seemed a little bit friskier this weekend. From the black-clad romantics swaying back and forth to Zambri to the feral nerds who worship Black Pus, bands and fans alike were in it to win it.

Debbie Allen

Friday we hit up Glasslands—which seems to be becoming the city's default stop for buzz bands who don't want to deal with Bowery Presents—for Zambri, a Brooklyn-dwelling sister-sister duo dealing in dark, moody synth-pop. Literally a bedroom project, Christi Jo and Jessica Zambri have been making music together since they shared a room as kids on Long Island, and it showed in the easy way they traded off instruments, sang, and moved with each other. (The band swells to a quartet when playing live.) Sparse drums and dramatic keys foregrounded Christi Jo and Jessica's strong, affecting voices, which at their best remind me of greats like Kate Bush and Siouxsie Sioux. As someone who will always remain Goth on the inside, I must say I strongly approve of the "neo-Goth" direction taken by acts like this one, Zola Jesus and Chelsea Wolfe.

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