Harper Blynn at Public Assembly, NY Press

Harper Blynn outside Public Assembly. (PHOTO: Patrick J. Eves)

Miniature bottles of Colt 45 were sprinkled around the stage. Brooklyn’s Harper Blynn were finally equipped for their set at Public Assembly Sunday. What’s funny is that the Williamsburg venue’s bar doesn’t even serve the malt beer (does anyone?). The quartet makes the environment work for them—not the other way around. They’re also a breed apart from ubiquitous artists sprouting out of Brooklyn, something evident in the stylistic rumblings they create on stage.

Throughout the set, part of the weekend-long Northside Music Festival, J. Blynn and Peter Harper (formerly known as Pete and J) both vie for the vocal spot song by song and at moments mesh vocals in Queen-like harmony. Some instants find Harper holding his Gibson flush against his cheek, eyes closed, in an embrace. In their own zone, the band obviously popped into songs from their May debut Loneliest Generation, released on their own label and helmed by David Kahne, who worked with Paul McCartney and paved The Strokes’ First Impressions of the Earth, along with Malcolm Burn (Emmylou Harris, Iggy Pop). Read entire story

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~ by Tina Benitez-Eves on June 29, 2010.

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