Company of Thieves rocked a nearly sold-out show at New York’s Bowery Ballroom last Tuesday night with openers Girl in a Coma and New York City’s own Hank and Cupcakes. The Chicago based outfit did not disappoint in their return to NYC, playing to a hyper energized Tuesday night crowd.
Local dance duo Hank and Cupcakes kicked off the show with probably the most entertaining set of the night squeezed from their simple drum and bass combination. Side note: The last time TSI caught Hank and Cupcakes was at the 2011 Roots picnic, and their set was plagued by sound and lighting issues (apparently the sound engineer at Philly’s Festival Pier quit right before they went on). Thankfully, Hank and Cupcakes had no distractions this time around, although I will admit I was quite infatuated with Hank’s bass rig that sounds more like fat trio of keyboard synths than a bass. Cool shit.
Although I was at the show to see Company of Thieves, Girl in a Coma pretty much stole the show. The Texas based trio consisting of sisters Nina (vocals/guitar), Phanie Diaz (drums) and long-time friend, Jenn Alva (bass) have that “it” factor if you know what I mean. Legendary singer Joan Jett must have seen the same thing back in 2006, when she signed the trio to Blackheart Records after catching them at a show at the Knitting Factory. Yes, they are that good.
Despite my boyish crush on Girl in a Coma lead singer Nina Diaz, I’ll admit that Genevieve (Company of Thieves) is still one of the best front women in the business. The band played roughly an hour and a half of music featuring songs mostly from their second release Running from a Gamble. Company of Thieves closed the night out with Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down,” “Syrup,” and “Oscar Wilde.”
COMPANY OF THIEVES
GIRL IN A COMA
HANK AND CUPCAKES