The return of quintessential Brooklyn band The Mystery Lights has made for an extra hot summer in the borough. And temps rose even more on Sunday when they surprise-headlined the weekly Sunday night dance party Soul Scream at Brooklyn’s Our Wicked Lady.
Though the local blues rockers’ appearance wasn’t announce until a few days prior, some of us saw the surprise coming. The Mystery Lights and Soul Scream’s organizer/ NYC DJ extraordinaire Jonathan Toubin, have hinted at the possibility for weeks. Brooklyn showrats guessed the day was finally here when the show’s flyer promised a “mystery band.”
Supported by fellow Brooklynite rockers Ghost Funk Orchestra, the party kicked off riotously. The eight-piece (and sometimes bigger) band exploded with sound and made the music echo blocks away from the rooftop venue.
Their funky yet spooky sound hit perfectly for the grungy Brooklyn punks wanting to put their cool cat vibes on hold to dance like crazy. During their set you saw both roughed-up leather chained freaks dancing in harmony with colorful mod-inspired fashionistas—a beautiful sight.
Between sets, pioneer rocker Mikey Post from Reigning Sound spun funky doo wop records to keep the heatwave groovin.
Fog rolled over the floor and the lights dimmed when The Mystery Lights took the stage. The crowd was sweaty and ready to rumble. And rumble they did, with friends of the local rockers cheering them on. The hour-long set included hits from their newest album like the title track and “I’m So Tired (Of Living in the City)” and from their self-titled debut album, like “Too Many Girls” and “Follow Me Home.”
The Mystery Lights play to thousands at festivals and hundreds at large venues around the world but don’t often get to stage dive with their friends, to their dismay. Brandon is known for saying how he sometimes misses those chaotic house show days. But on Sunday, frontman Mike Brandon got a rare chance to ride the ragers once again.
When the band finished shredding, sweat covered every inch of every person there.
Though it was a work night, Sunday Soul Scream kept the party going strong and the fire roaring in everyone’s souls. And this party’s fire isn’t going out anytime soon. Three more wild Sundays are coming up before the summertime party is packed away for the fall—bands like Max Pain & The Groovies, Tall Juan and Daddy Long Legs will be burning down the house.
You’re gonna have to crack open a fire hydrant to survive the rest of these lineups.