The Mystery Lights threw a weekend-long festival of music and dancing to celebrate the release of a new 45 record—and you better believe I didn’t sleep a wink.
The vinyl was only available at the show and won’t be available to the public until June 22. Saturday and Sunday night, the Brooklyn venue/bar Our Wicked Lady hosted sixteen bands, DJ sets by Future Punx and Kid Congo Powers and a sold-out crowd of rockers.
Both days started at 3 p.m. and went until 3 a.m. (or in my case and many others’, until the bar kicked everyone out). But, you really didn’t want to miss any band in this line-up. I was sure even the bands I didn’t know would blow me away.
Saturday, the show was held on the roof and I didn’t make it there until BODEGA took the stage around 8 p.m. They were the second to last band of the day (The Mystery Lights headlined both nights) and an amazing act. Very Devo-esque and gritty punk rock—BODEGA’s stage presence was so powerful, it makes you feel intimidated and at ease all at once.
I love watching The Mystery Lights interact with each other on stage. It’s like they don’t know how talented they are. They nervously smiled at each other, a smile that looked like they were saying, “no matter what happens, we’re in this together” or “it was an honor serving with you fellas.” The second they started playing the crowd was blown away. I couldn’t tell if my heart or the roof started to bounce with excitement (maybe both).
Heather Strange from Future Punx DJ’ed the rest of the humid summer night as people swung and swayed under the stars.
My eyes shut while the sun reached the top of the sky. Then, in what felt like a blink of an eye, I was back at Our Wicked Lady for round two.
On Sunday I was determined to get there on time—and somehow I managed it. Maybe I slept-walked there? I have no recollection of the moments before 3 p.m. that day, but I arrived at the show for the first band, Old Lady. The rain forced us downstairs to the indoors, but that didn’t stop the party.
The first time I saw Old Lady was in a sweaty Brooklyn basement lit only with string lights in the midst of a DIY show. This time around, the New Jersey trio stepped up their game with their fast and passionate outlaw-country inspired rock ‘n’ roll. A perfect kick-off to a day where everyone was obviously trying to battle a hangover.
The bands raged on all day and the place was constantly bursting with people. The Advertisers brought everyone to their knees with their riotous rock; breaking glasses and losing buttons. Chorizo and Rips riled the crowd up while Cotillion brought a sweeter side to the lineup. And The Muckers and Breanna Barbara whirled everyone back up into a tornado of rawness and melodies.
The Mystery Lights packed the house once again. I had a small fan-girl moment when they brought Kid Congo Powers, pioneer punk rocker from bands like The Seeds, The Gun Club and The Cramps onto the stage for a song. Together they brought the crowd up another notch into the rock ‘n’ roll spirit by playing “Goo Goo Muck” and I almost passed out from jumping around and screaming along. It was beautiful.
Later, Powers kept the party going by DJing the on roof. There’s nothing like spending two days immersed in contemporary killer rock ‘n’ roll, then cooling down to a punk rock idol spinning old school rock ‘n’ roll.
It’s night like these you wish your body didn’t need sleep.