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  • Backyard Babies @ NYC: 02-24-05

    Artist: Backyard Babies
    Venue: The North Six (Brooklyn NY)
    Opener: unsigned acts
    Date: 2-24-05
    Promoter: unknown

    Sweden's Grammy Award winning rock group the "Backyard Babies" took an off
    night from their tour supporting Social Distortion to make a pit stop at the
    North Six club located in Williamsburg Brooklyn recently. I have to admit
    that adventuring out to the show in the middle of a treacherous snowstorm to
    see them and to absorb the surroundings of a new club made the night kick
    off to an interesting start. The evening was set to be full of high-energy
    Rock and Roll in the style of Clash and Sex Pistols with kick ass numbers
    and exciting stage personality from each of the performing bands. As a
    matter of fact, each group kicked up the level of performance a notch. I
    was fortunate to meet the support team for the group on the tour bus and I
    teased them that they brought the snow from Sweden. New York was getting
    more of it than back home we were told.

    The Backyard Babies would be supporting their newest release "Tinnitus",
    which is coming out under the Liquor & Poker Music (a subsidiary of Century
    Media Records) in April. As I glanced over the set list and later compared
    this against the CD, I realized that all but two numbers would be featured
    tonight. The other great aspect for the fans was the chance to see the
    group perform a longer set than would be given them while they were openers.
    The North Six club is down almost to the Waterfront in Brooklyn and
    surrounded by shops and restaurants. The area itself is undergoing a new
    Renaissance, and fans of music who might be visiting NYC would do well to
    make it over there to see a show of some kind if all possible. It has a
    decent sized stage and good sound system. The staff is also very
    accommodating.

    Opening the night was "Odd Zero" a catchy power punk group with a very nice
    sound. Following them was "Dirt Bike Annie" who I was particularly
    impressed with. The group can best be thought of as a unique extension of
    the sound done by the likes of Blink 182 and Green Day, when you add the
    whirling dervish that is guitar player Jeanie Lee it takes an interesting
    turn. I look forward to seeing them again.

    After a short break, the Backyard Babies came on. The show was added a
    short 7 days before and combine this with the snowstorm I was happy to
    report that the venue still had about 120 people in attendance. I am sure
    barring the conditions that more would have ventured out to enjoy this
    comfortable setting for these guys. Clearly the off night was something the
    guys wanted to do for they exploded on the stage when they began. It was
    straight ahead rocking with limited stage banter, except the time to crack a
    few jokes with the crowd. My photographer and I were able to capture some
    great moments of this show on film. The band truly seemed to be getting a
    kick out of this treatment and rock starred even more at times. It was a
    lot of fun to be able to record the moment in time. This was the bands
    first visit to Brooklyn after all. Not one person was a stranger to their
    music as everyone was jumping and bopping and singing along their catchy
    choruses. Nicke is a great front man, sure of himself and presents it yet
    the real craziness was dealt out by guitar player Dregen. He is a maniac on
    the guitar and the stage, running allover and being very in the audience
    faces with his playing. To the delight of the crowd he leaned over them and
    he plays the energy exudes from him. I even got his guitar pick. I have to
    give credit to Johann and Peder as well for the rhythm section work. Johann
    pretty much just hangs out and holds it together while Peder slams the kit
    like a punk rock John Bonham.

    Backyard Babies is definitely a band who enjoys their audience and it shows
    in their performance. The set included not one but four encores. It is my
    hope they return to the City for some more dates soon. Any fans of the
    Social Distortion or old Dolls/Hanoi Rocks sound will love these guys. Good
    fist pumping, beer drinking rock and roll. I was happy to be part of the
    fun.

    Set List:
    1. Minus Celsius
    2. Brand New Hate
    3. Earn The Crown
    4. Heaven 2.9
    5. Powderhead
    6. A Song For the Outcast
    7. Highlights
    8. The Clash
    9. Made Me Madman
    10. Please Please
    11. Year By Year
    12. Payback
    13. One Sound
    14. Star War - encore
    15. Everybody Ready - encore
    16. UFO Romeo - encore
    17. Look At You - encore

    Official Site: www.BackyardBabies.com

    --Ken Pierce


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