Last night I went to see the secret acoustic Carney / Veronicas show at the Hear NoHo festival that is apparently going to be happening on the first Thursday of every month, at least for a while, and I was pleasantly surprised to find out its an awesome little event they’ve got going on in the San Fernando Valley aka THE Valley. They had people playing in the weirdest venues all around the NoHo arts district. I saw an indie rock band in an art gallery, a kick ass blues artist in an empty apartment loft and Carney and The Veronicas in the back room of an empty storefront. Pretty rad stuff. Here are a couple videos of that “secret” show. Not so secret when the map of the event that lists the schedule says “11pm – Secret Show”
Reeve and Zane of Carney – Tomorrow’s Another Day
The Veronicas – Heavenly Broken (with Reeve and Zane Carney)
I went to see Carney at their sold out Roxy show last night. I used to go to their shows at Molly Malone’s on Fairfax about once a month ever since I discovered them and as mentioned in my previous post, they matured and changed daily. Now, after having been on the road for a while, they came back to their home town and BROUGHT THE ROCK!
There are few bands left in the world who know how to be rock stars, and Carney is one of them. Beginning the show in what can only be described as 3 ring circus ringleaders from the baroque age. jackets from the 1800′s, starched high popped colars, striped pants, bizarre small ties. Reeve was even wearing a top hat. Looked like a scene from Moulin Rouge. I’ll be honest, it looked a bit ridiculous on the small stage at the Roxy and by the end of the show, when Reeve was shirtless with large beaded necklaces waving about his chest as he Testified, it was downright too big for the stage. These guys are destined for The Forum and beyond.
Zane’s guitar playing defies understanding. A seemless melding of jazz and classic rock. Reeve’s vocals, though tough to comprehend at times, go from hauntingly whispered to shriekingly screamed with utmost sincerity. John, the drummer, disgarded the mohawk in favor of long hair to match the intensity that he beats that set with. Seriously. So good. These guys are DESTINED for greatness.
I had no video and can’t find any good video of this permormance, nor many of their performances simply because their music is too loud for crappy handheld cameras. This video from some other concert is pretty decent quality however, so enjoy.
One of my favorite artists to be signed to the label I used to work for while I was still there was a kid named Reeve Carney, who I happened to go to middle school with, though I wasn’t a friend of his. He played in a band with his brother and his sister and a big, black soul singing pianist and a drummer and bassist from USC’s music school. They had a really sick music style that sort of fused classic rock with jazz influences.
Throughout a couple of years they played pretty much every monday night at a local joint called Molly Malones and would sell out the place almost every week. During this time their music changed a bit as well. Zane Carney, Reeve’s brother, who absolutely kills it on the guitar got signed onto the record contract as well since his skill was something that needed to be secured. Paris, Reeve’s sister, left the band, as did Charles, the soul singing pianist. The drummer was replaced and the current four member lineup was formed. They grew their hair long and began rocking harder and harder and harder and harder. Now, they have reached the pinnacle of classic rock hardness.
Tonight they play at The Roxy, and I can’t wait to see them again since they’ve been out on tour for a long long time.
Here are a couple tracks from an EP that came out a year or so ago.