This Weekend In New York: Zambri, Black Pus, Coasting, And Chain And The Gang Get Frisky
Saturday we traveled to Mercury Lounge for an 11pm presentation of Coasting and Chain and the Gang. Coasting's prolific drummer Fiona Campbell (also of Vivian Girls) is now playing in Chain and the Gang as well, making for a convenient (if probably tiring for her) double booking. Consisting of Campbell (drums/vocals) and long-distance pal Madison Goner (guitar/vocals), Coasting makes stripped-down garage pop anchored by the same kind of bouncy beats Campbell plays in Vivian Girls. Their traded-off vocals and harmonies were pleasant enough, but I couldn't help wishing they're go a little crazier, both in terms of their stage presence and how much noise they made. I found myself slightly more drawn into their wistful songs than their upbeat ones, as they showed a lovely side to their voices and did not bump up against that problem as much.