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The Phenomenal Handclap Band played Southpaw (pics and video)

May 13, 2009


With 8-pieces on-stage last night at Southpaw (5/12), The Phenomenal Handclap Band took advantage of silky back-up harmonies, funky synth, a steady rhythm section and two slamming guitars to lay the soul-disco on thick.  Midway thru a building set, guitarist Quinn Luke (my new hero) took lead vocals on “Baby”, a genius throwback to the 70’s soul era, and killed. Next was “Mather” a rocking instrumental carried by Luke O’Malley’s  middle-eastern sounding guitar/sitar. Quinn Luke then resumed vocals on  “All of the Above”, a disco tune that had the entire crowd moving.  

For a band that brought such great energy, it was strange that  band leader Daniel Collas seemed rather disinterested, or perhaps too cool to be there, and that their drummer obnoxiously reprimanded the crowd to “tip your god damn bartenders” several times.  All in all though, the band delivered a grooving set of retro tunes that had the crowd wanting more.

Quinn Luke aka Bing Ji Ling


The show was sponsored by Colt 45 and the bar served 10 oz. bottles for $1.


The Golden Triangle and Wizardry opened the show.  I missed Wizardry, but The Golden Triangle were reminiscent of The B-52s in that they were split male & female and combined elements of surf-rock, New Wave and disco.
Phenomenal Handclap Band performs “15 to 20”

The Phenomenal Handclap Band plays Black Betty in Williamsburg tomorrow night (5/13).

More pictures after the jump.

The Golden Triangle





The Phenomenal Handclap Band






Billy Dee knows what time it is…


One Comment leave one →
  1. rick vaughn permalink
    May 28, 2009 7:36 pm

    my roommate and i just tore a volcano burrito in half without any type of safety net. i got some volcano sauce on my D key.

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