Brooklyn’s EULA have been on a tear lately, just having wrapped up a slew of local shows that brought them to many of my favorite venues (and some newer ones like Big Snow and NXL LVL). It was hard to pick the perfect time and place to see them with so many good options, but Cameo Gallery seems to have a been a great choice. The stage wasn’t overlit, the sound was spot-on, and the band, well, they were on fire. EULA’s sound updates the classic three-chord postpunk of the riot grrl era, recalling classic bands like Bikini Kill, Le Tigre and Sleater-Kinney. Frontwoman Alyse Lamb does her predecessors proud with a confident vocal delivery and equally strong guitar attack; she comes off in her role like a combination of Kathleen Hanna and Debbie Harry (the band has a pretty mean Blondie cover, I hear). But this band is more than a great frontwoman; they’re a tight group of musicians capable of delivering uptempo rapid-fire bursts of quality postpunk.
This set focused on the band’s latest record, Maurice Narcisse, and the contrast between the more raw live versions and the studio versions – with their additional flourishes – is a positive one, with things to like about each. On record, the band comes across a bit more poppy – a song like “Wake Up” shows the contrast – whereas live their punk influences predominate, especially on songs like “Honor Killer”. They closed this show with a scorcher, the early tune “Fight Riff” from their Language of Threat EP.
EULA have one more Brooklyn show this month, at Shea Stadium on February 24, before heading out of town for a bit. They will return to NYC on March 22 at Zebulon.
I recorded this set with a soundboard feed from the Cameo engineer and Schoeps MK22 “open cardioid” microphones. The results are excellent. Enjoy!
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01 intro/Above the Weather
02 Dirty Hands
04 Wake Up
05 Texas Stampede
06 Honor Killer
07 Maurice Narcisse
08 Rosie the Riveter
09 Fight Riff