There’s no shortage of music blogs, zines, and collectives, especially in Brooklyn. But it can often feel as though there’s a shortage of groups that keep it strictly local, opting to focus not on the artists that have already blown up the blogosphere, but on the artists around them. The Wild Honey Pie is one such group, a Brooklyn-based blog and multimedia collective that creates a space for New York City artists while keeping the window open to outsiders. On Thursday, the blog celebrated its fourth birthday with an intimate four-band show at Glasslands in Brooklyn.
The Canon Logic, WILSEN, and Others Play Glasslands
Glasslands Gallery is a distinctive yet unassuming converted warehouse on Kent Ave. The wintry chill of the Williamsburg waterfront stops at the door: stepping into Glasslands is like a dropping into a warm sea with soft, cylindrical lights softly glowing overhead like deep sea foliage.
The venue’s ambiance and cozy size make it a favorite for psychedelic-leaning bands, not unlike Monogold, the fourth band on Thursday’s bill. Their debut album, Waves, leaned towards the reverb-heavy dream pop popularized by bands like Beach Fossils and Wild Nothing. With a tighter rhythm section than most dream pop acts, however, Monogold had potential for more.
Fortunately, they fulfilled this promise on their follow-up, The Softest Glow; winter clothes notwithstanding, the crowd movement during percussive tracks like “Spirit or Something” easily gave the impression of a summer show. Seemingly as a rule, Monogold play under soft blue lights, filling the space with sound and warmth. (Unfortunately, that makes photographing them an ordeal).
Sharing the bill that night was The Canon Logic, who, with their latest EP, Wyld, seem to have combined the lyrical tradition of their self-professed influences, Bob Dylan and Neil Young, with a more island-sounding rhythmic aesthetic. They also slather a generous helping of late ’80s arena rock awesomeness on top. As the opening act, they set a precedent for movement, one which was well matched by ARMS, who put a sturdy-stomached spin on dream pop.
WILSEN closed out the set with a mellower set, an effective cool-down for a night of movement. This allowed attendees to take stock of all their fellow fans. Online music communities and blogs allow us to connect more easily than ever before, but it can’t replace the community of the live setting. (The internet also doesn’t give you ice cream and macaroni chips, which were available free of charge that night). Only in Brooklyn.