What do you get when you mix a writer that has been lacking inspiration, a rainy night in downtown, a shout out to Jesus Christ and a 50 minute set that just grabs a hold of you that you cannot stop yourself from smiling? You get the New York Rifles banging me out my creative malaise and me just thinking, amen, was that sweet!
This Portland band, the New York Rifles, shows up to our beloved and sunny LA, brings the rain with them to LA and took a part of my soul after their power set at Bordello the other night. And I am so glad they did. The New York Rifles bring unbelievable energy and pulsating-make-you-smile-music for what seemed to me to be one of the best sets of any band I have seen in quite a while.There was a small audience at Bordello but it is as if we all felt cool to be here listening to this gem of a band, as they were passing through LA. The New York Rifles, all four skinny rockers, with a power set of bass, drums, and two guitars that could have woken up even the dullest of people. These guys are amazing live and it left me wondering, where the fuck is everyone and why aren't more people catching this bands juggernaut sound?
As their set continued, it is as if the band could have played for another two hours or something silly like that. When I say The New York Rifles crushed their set, I mean, they beat it silly, they trumped on it, they spit on and they took no prisoners. Kinda of like Rocky did in the cooler scene in the movie, leaving people at a loss to explain what they had just seen. The New York Rifles don't waste time, they just go for your soul and stump all over it with an adrenaline based set that makes you wonder, how long before they give it back to me.
This four piece consists of Scott Young, Sean Moultrie, Kari Schafer, Brent Williams who are some of the tightest musicians I have ever seen. Live, The New York Rifles are a band that hits such a thunderous crescendo, its exactly like 4 people all peaking at the same time. Unreal! The York Rifles are on tour right now promoting "Make a Wish" their new album. I was part of something really special that night. Be on the lookout for The New York Rifles coming to your town and don't miss them, unless you want be like those people that like missing great bands when they come to your city.
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