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The Fleshtones: February 27, 2014 The Grand Victory – Flac/MP3/Streaming

March 9, 2014
By

Fleshtones Jaime Oriz
(photo by Jaime Oriz)

The last time I saw the Fleshtones was in the late 90s at the dear departed Brownies on Avenue A. At that point, I had seen the band more than a dozen times including a handful of times at Brownies itself. On this particular night though, the Fleshtones ended their memorable show in a unique fashion. As the last song came to a close the band unplugged their instruments, continued to play and walked through the crowd to the front of the venue and out the door to Avenue A. In front of Brownies waiting for the band was a flatbed truck onto which the band climbed and while they continued to play the truck moved south down the avenue and out of sight.

The Fleshtones live have always been a fun and imaginative band that not only celebrates the music but breaks down the fourth wall and involves the crowd in their show. All these years later, the band is still playing, recording and spreading their own version of garage rock around the world. A search for recent Fleshtones videos on youtube finds a bunch of stuff from Spain, Italy and Australia — the band remains big overseas if not remaining underground in the US. The Fleshtones are currently on tour in support of their new album Wheel Of Talent (Yep Roc) and we caught the opening night and CD release show at The Grand Victory. I entered the venue with a bit of trepidation that perhaps the Fleshtones were not quite as animated or energetic as I remember from the old days. But within seconds of the beginning of their set as Peter Zaremba walked the length of the bar, it became obvious that while the band is a little greyer and maybe a step slower, the Fleshtones still deliver the goods live. The set contained a healthy dose of Wheel material, but also welcome were some old nuggets including “Theme from The Vindicators (1980), and “The Way I Feel” from their first album Blast Off! (1978). The latter brought a dedication to the album’s producer Marty Thau who passed away a few weeks ago. But this was a night for celebration of the new album as Zaremba led intermittent human spinning wheels of talent to point to the next singer in the set. The result was a lengthy set (27 songs!) that was deserving of the Fleshtones of any era. The band may not have been escorted from the venue in a flatbed truck, but the infectious energy and enthusiasm is still very much present for the live Fleshtones.

I recorded this set by mounting the Sennheiser cards on the video projection shelf about 15 feet from the stage and mixed with a fine board feed. The room was instrument-heavy and the board is vocal heavy, but mixed together the results are superb. Enjoy!

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Fleshtones
2014-02-27
The Grand Victory
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Sennheiser MKH-8040s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 24bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge (level adjustments, set fades, downsample) > CDWave 1.95 > (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and Tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:17:40]
01 [intro]
02 Hitsburg USA
03 What You’re Talking About
04 Feels Good To Feel
05 Let’s Go
06 Haunted Hipster
07 Dance With the Ghoulman
08 High Into the Sky
09 Theme from the Vindicators
10 Laugh It Off
11 You Give Me Nothing To Go On
12 Pretty Pretty Pretty
13 Destination Greenpoint USA
14 Llevo Un Tigre En Mi Guitar
15 Way Down South
16 Alright [Coastliners]
17 Day Tripper [Beatles]
18 Remember The Ramones
19 I Was a Teenage Zombie
20 You’re Tearing Me Apart
21 Its My Pride [The Guess Who]
22 My Kinda Lovin
23 I’m Alive
24 You Ain’t Never
25 The Way I Feel
26 [encore break]
27 Veo La Luz
28 It Is As It Was
29 Back Beat No. 1

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