Live Review – New York Alcoholic Anxiety Attack, Camden Dublin Castle 22/4/10
One of the best things about being a music reviewer is when you come across a band who are genuinely trying to do something different and doing it well. Let’s be honest here, anyone can set their stall out to be an almost-as-good imitation of Motley Crue, the Backyard Babies or whoever but I’m sure I can’t be the only one who thinks that the most exciting music is always made by the innovators rather than the followers.
I’ve seen New York Alcoholic Anxiety Attack live a few times down the years – after all they do come from the same neck of the woods as me (Bradford). In their early days, they used to be a fearsomely intense punk group in the New Model Army mould (hardly surprising as they’ve been under the tutelage of both NMA’s Justin Sullivan and Joolz Denby since the early days) but in recent months they’ve really started to spread their wings and transform into an impressively tight unit mixing all sorts of influences into the pot and coming up with something very impressive indeed. Tonight’s set veers from the low-slung Steppenwolf biker rock of “Guns and God” and “Get High Get Low” through the Stooges-esque ferocity of “Rainbows And Rust” to “Sunriders” which sounds like a more laid-back version of Fields Of The Nephilim. The key is that they never lose your interest throughout with sticksman James’ frenetic drumming, bassist Matt’s super-fast fretwork and frontman Mik’s glowering stage presence earning them a well-earned ovation from the 30-odd hardy souls at the Dublin Castle tonight.
Word of advice – go see this band if they play near you and let your mind be opened a bit. You’ll thank them for it.