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Skaters :: Mississippi Studios :: 03.21.14

Portland was treated to a double dose of New York City rock when Team Spirit and SKATERS came to Mississippi Studios on Friday night. 

Opening band Settlers started the evening off with a low-key set that boasted a lo-fi sound, washed out vocals (it's hard to tell if that was intentional or not), and some seriously trippy background images (a mashup of random images, Seinfeld clips, and Duke Nukem screenshots played continuously throughout their set). Settlers' shoegazer vibe quickly faded from memory, however, as soon as Team Spirit came tearing onstage like a bull in a proverbial china shop. Frontman Ayad Al Adhamy used to man the synth for Passion Pit, but his latest endeavor is pure Thin Lizzy-era rock and roll. During their raucous 40-minute set, the Brooklyn group successfully cajoled both free drinks and applause out of the audience and proved that they can do classic rock better than most of the bands they're paying homage to.

The first time I saw SKATERS live (last October, when they opened for Palma Violets), I was a little overwhelmed by how loud they were. Seeing them within the more intimate confines of Mississippi Studios, however, the first thing I noticed was just how cool these guys are. Everything about them is the epitome of what you'd expect from a group of stylish Manhattan bartenders-turned-rockers (four of the band members started out in the restaurant industry): from their tongue-in-cheek intro music (they came onstage to 50 Cent's "In Da Club") to their confident, nonchalant attitudes. While their vibe might seem laid back, once they get behind the mic, SKATERS are consummate professionals - rocking out on songs like "Deadbolt" and "Miss Teen Massachusetts" with the kind of talent and intensity that immediately make you think of the The Strokes in their heyday. Only time will tell if SKATERS will enjoy the same sort of meteoric rise to stardom that their post-punk predecessors, but there was no doubt that they had the crowd at Mississippi Studios eating out of their hand on Friday.


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Locations : MississippiNew York CityPortland
People : Al AdhamyDuke NukemPalma Violets

03/25/2014 12:12PM
Skaters :: Mississippi Studios :: 03.21.14
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