Their new album is a hit. They toured the U.S. with it. And last night at Baby’s All Right, it was time for Navy Gangs to party at their official record release show.
They’ve already garnered praise from the indie rock album Poach released earlier this month. Catchy tracks like “Dark Days” and “Just Kidding Not” grabs the crowd’s attention with their dark and relatable lyrics set to danceable melodies.
Around eight o’clock I walked into Baby’s All Right, a staple venue of the Brooklyn music scene, to find the musicians from each band in a pasta coma backstage. It was my first time not being an hour late to a show in a while. Bodies were laying across the booth seats in the green room and I had no idea what to do. So I did what any concertgoer would do and laughed at everybody before ordering myself a tequila soda.
The bands may have been dead backstage, but as more people poured in, the night started to come alive.
The first band, Zzzwalk (pronounced “sleepwalk”), was a band I’ve missed one too many times and was determined to catch. Their twang rock always receives praise and I was excited to hear them for myself—they didn’t disappoint. The stage was packed with six or more people at a time, including a harmonica player and a fiddle player. There wasn’t much room for movement, but somehow Zzzwalk was able to shred and jump around, stirring the crowd’s madness and getting them ready for the wild night ahead of them.
The lighthearted Teen Body was up next. Sweet and melancholic, Teen Body’s sound is introspective and romantic. The front woman’s vocals made everyone swoon while she sang about heartbreak and the monotony of life. Looking around, the entire room was swaying along, some even closing their eyes to feel the full effects of the emotional melodies filling the room.
By the time Navy Gangs took the stage, the venue was packed and buzzing under a sweet layer of tequila.
The crowd was more than ready to sing along and bounce around as Navy Gangs opened with the instrumental “91 Days” and went right into “1Alone.” It was a welcomed hour of shredding to compliment a night that started with swinging twang and sultry pop. Energy was bursting through the doors as everyone pogoed around and crowd surfed. They closed the night with two encore songs “Special Glands” and “Diorama,” and as everyone shouted for a third, frontman Matt Tillwick had to say, “we don’t know anymore.”
That energy wasn’t wasted as the night continued on until last call. The morning after I found myself eating pasta for breakfast, four ibuprofens deep and already on the edge of my seat for the next Navy Gangs show.