Brooklyn’s DIY music scene rolled out the red carpet Tuesday night, metaphorically speaking.
The gritty dive bar Alphaville hosted four bands, two of which played for the first time. Usually, crowds are thin for new bands but that wasn’t the case Tuesday. Quinn Walker, Dropper, People’s Court and TNS Fuego attracted friends and show rats from every freezing cold corner of Bushwick.
Unfortunately, I missed Quinn Walker, an Alphaville bartender turned solo singer. I was bummed. But I made sure to be front and center for Dropper. Founder and frontwoman Andrea Scanniello is a professional vocalist and multi-instrumentalist who doesn’t let a genre define her. She shred on guitar in the punk rock band Stuyedeyed, killed it on the keys for the sultry doo-wop rocker Shannon Shaw and rocks out on bass for the surf-pop group High Waisted. So the combination of inspirations was sure to create something interesting.
Scanniello told me her new four-piece had only played together twice before the show. You never would’ve guessed they skimped on rehearsals seeing them rock out like the pros they are. Her vocals filled every inch of the room during their short and sweet set. They only have around four or five songs, so it kind of had to brief. But it was the perfect taste to something that’s only just starting to blossom.
Next up was People’s Court. Frontwoman Jess McFarland pulled eccentric moves on stage while singing beat-driven, catchy songs. The melodies got everyone swaying their hips while Jess switched from dancing to shredding on guitar. They closed with a cover of Johnny Paycheck’s classic of “Slide Off Your Satin Sheets.”
The headliner of the night was TNS Fuego. It was also their first show, but the place was packed.
TNS Fuego, the new five-piece project by Jose Boyer of Las Rosas and Scott Rosenthal of Public Practice, brought Scaniello back on stage to play keys and featured Willy Muse from Widowspeak on guitar and Lea Thomas on bass. With Boyer and Rosenthal switching between drums and vocals/guitar, the five-piece’s sound evolved in front of our eyes, starting off with an indie rock vibe and ending with some swinging ‘50s doo-wop.
Though it was a work/school night, the crowd stuck around well until the A.M. doing shots and taking the stage for what Rosenthal called makeshift karaoke, which turned out to be singing along to songs from a phone plugged into the P.A.