This Saturday night, October 26, 2013, New York City will be invaded for a rage fest of epic proportions. Making a not-so-minor pitstop in the beginning of their ClockWerks tour, young jamtronica giants The Werks will be headlining The Bowery Ballroom to the delight of fans new and old. Joining them will be two local acts that call Brooklyn home, nu-fusion act Teddy Midnight and up-and-coming jamtronica act MUN.
The lineup for the night reads like a musical crescendo of sorts, although the early parts of the evening start at an unusually high level and are certainly not to be missed. Teddy Midnight will be kicking the night off with a more jazz-based approach, although not in the traditional scotch-and-cigars sense. No, be prepared to move as these guys will warm up the evening quite quickly. Coming together after meeting in the music program at SUNY Oneonta, the move to Brooklyn has influenced the band to move from a more conventional approach to incorporating their electronic influences in a set that will likely see some smooth, light funk alongside trance and hip-hop infused jams. After Teddy Midnight concludes, be sure to make your drink break a fast one before MUN takes the stage. Fresh off of an absolutely ripping set at Native Summer festival in New Hampshire, MUN is without a doubt the local act of the hour for those in New York City. Taking on slightly more electronic accents, this quartet's improvisation-heavy style guarantees surprises during every dance party they helm. After going through several line-up changes, the current incarnation of MUN has finally clicked over the past year and outdoes itself each and every show.
The real draw for the evening, though, is obviously the main attraction: The Werks. Some would try to pigeon-hole the Ohio-based quartet in the short spectrum that is jamtronica, and to an extent they would be correct. The band certainly jams and likewise maintains an electronic element to their music, but to stop there would be doing them and their music a serious injustice. The Werks are a true embodiment of their name, taking a little bit from every genre and sound you can think of and fusing it together into one unique package. There will be jamming, absolutely; a large part of their draw is their ability to seamlessly move between composed and improvisational themes, oftentimes leaving the listener wondering which was which. Even for those that can tell the difference, what's coming next within those improvised and even composed segments is anyone's guess. Heavy rock 'n' roll can quickly be replaced by four-on-the-floor dance grooves, which can be replaced just as quickly by some organ-laden funk or even a ballad. Whatever your favorite flavor is, The Werks have it on the menu and it never disappoints. Check out a crushing version of their original tune, "Duck Farm," from this year's Electric Forest Festival:
Be sure to catch The Werks with special guests Teddy Midnight and MUN at The Bowery Ballroom this Saturday! You can get your advance tickets here. Also be sure to look out for The Werks as they continue up and down the east coast, including a very special Philadelphia Halloween, on their ClockWerks tour this fall.