It was a few decades ago that a friend of mine happened to spin Helmet’s landmark ‘Betty‘ album for me and set the hook for my enthusiasm for this band. Now touring to honor the 20th anniversary of this record, these dates include a front-to-back playing of it as well as a second set drawing from their vast catalog of songs. In a day and age where a number of bands are doing this, the kicker is that ‘Betty‘ is an amazing album and easily made it onto my personal list of “desert island discs” some time ago. The second of three very sold-out NYC area shows (the recording from the Saint Vitus gig is HERE) found Helmet firing on all cylinders. Frontman Page Hamilton has surrounded himself with a roster of superb musicians (drummer Kyle Stevenson, guitarist Dan Beeman and bassist Dave Case) and these concerts showcased a very well rehearsed and tight group that obviously have the chops to play anything you can throw at them. In addition to fielding a few crowd requests, Helmet dug out some deep cuts including “Impressionable”, “Repetition” and fan-favorite, “Sinatra”. In a nutshell, they sounded fantastic and more than lived up to the legacy of this material.
With Helmet’s soundman, Rubes, at the board with assistance from Bowery Ballroom’s FOH, Kenny, the venue’s sound on this night was, as we’ve come to expect, great. Combining our microphones with the soundboard feed that Page asked us to use, our recording is excellent. We hope you like what you hear as much as we did. Enjoy!
Special thanks to Helmet, Brian and Chad at Maine Road, and Kieran and the staff at Bowery Ballroom for making this recording possible and for their courtesy and cooperation.
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Saturday, February 21, 2015
New York, NY, USA
Source: Milab VM-44 Links (cardioid) + SBD > Edirol R-44 (WAV @ 24-bit/48kHz)
Lineage: R-44 > PC > Adobe Audition (mixdown, downsample, dither, tracking) > WAV (16-bit/44.1kHz) > TLH (check/fix SBEs, FLAC conversion) > FLAC (level 8)
Recorded and produced by: Johnny Fried Chicken Boy
[Total time: 1:40:20]
01. Wilma’s Rainbow
02. I Know
03. Biscuits for Smut
07. Street Crab
10. Beautiful Love
12. The Silver Hawaiian
14. Sam Hell
15. [band intros / banter1]
16. (High) Visibility
17. Role Model
18. FBLA II
20. Welcome To Algiers
21. Birth Defect
22. Broadcast Emotion
25. White City
28. Give It
29. [encore break / Sinatra intro]
33. In the Meantime
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