Dead Meat is a self-described “music haberdashery” who recently had revealed their debut showcase at Bushwick’s new venue “Bushwick Public House” (a block away from The Palisades). The carefully curated lineup consisted of Tingles, Cigarettes After Sex, Pet Gracie and headliner Zechariah Funkhouser. Bushwick Public House is a cafe lounge upstairs and a spacious, indie, DIY heaven downstairs. The space is reminiscent of your best friend’s basement in high school, except with a leveled off stage area and a bar.
The most particular feature of the show was the striking merchandise received on entry; limited edition Dead Meat baseball cards designed by Drew Albinson. The eye-catching cards revealed the shows line-up, a three song download of headliner Zechariah Funkhouser, and a delightfully exotic stick of gum. The cards reflected the aesthetic of “Dead Meat” – sadcore with a nostalgic twist.
Opening act Tingles were a crowd favorite. Their high-energy indie pop mashed with punk captivated the audience guided by the raw talent of Ryan Clark’s powerful drum rhythms. Cigarettes After Sex followed with a dreamy shoegaze set, the highlight being the perfect soundscape in “Nothing’s Gonna Hurt You Baby.” Local Brooklyn group Pet Gracie bordered on experimental noise while their songs remained grounded by a talented rhythm section. Next up was Zechariah Funkhouser, playing his NYC debut. Funkhouser was dynamic and charismatic throughout his swoon worthy set. Definitely an act to watch out for.
Written by Alessandra Licul