Punk at the Pyramid: The Frenetic Energy of DAMEHT [8/8/14]
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With all the recent buzz about DAMEHT’s live shows, we dropped in to check out the foursome during their penultimate Pyramid performance. The local rock band has been amidst a month-long Friday night residency at the legendary Alphabet City club.
Much like its nurturing neighborhood (i.e. Lower East Side), their sound is a melting pot of styles. It’s essentially primal punk crossed with elements of electronica, funk, and pop. Bass lines are lusty, vocals throaty, and backbeat mosh-worthy.
And behind their brand of music is an old-school vibe partially groomed by documentarian Clayton Patterson.
But back to the Pyramid show…
DAMEHT – led by spastic lead man Rivington Starchild – charged through a setlist featuring their budding repertoire. Memorable standouts included “Girl Jeans” and “I Love You Too.” There was also a multimedia accompaniment – projectors showing a funny band film called “Au Bon Punk” (from Patterson’s $16 Burger gallery show) as well as scenes from Pretty in Pink.
Yet, while DAMEHT clearly made a convincing case for why people should pay attention, we still got the feeling they were performing for the camera. Sorta came across as a bit self-indulgent, but to be honest, so are most upstart rock bands who wanna make a dent.
Also notable about this particular show was that few in the audience were transfixed by their iPhones the entire time. It might’ve had something to do with the lack of signal in the back room, but who cares. Definitely refreshing to see a downtown audience legitimately into the music in front of them.
Bottom line – you should check out their last residency show at the Pyramid this Friday night.