10 Years of Mom + Pop – Brooklyn Steel – 10.22.18
10 Years of Mom + Pop Records featuring Courtney Barnett, Tom Morello, Sleigh Bells, Neon Indian, Alice Merton and Sunflower Bean
Brooklyn, NY – 10.22.18
Words by Morgan Sheridan
Photos by Jess Williams
On Monday night, East Williamsburg’s Brooklyn Steel was transformed into a massive birthday celebration for Mom + Pop Records. In the 10 years of Mom + Pop’s existence, the label has signed artists suck as Rage Against the Machine, Flume, FIDLAR, and Hinds among others.
Inside Brooklyn Steel, the night was just beginning as people gathered around to celebrate the record label alongside six of their strongest signees. Performances included Sunflower Bean, Alice Merton, Neon Indian, Sleigh Bells, Tom Morello, and Courtney Barnett. The drinks were flowing, the music was blasting, and the photo booths were rampant with people taking selfies. This was a great sign that the night was going to be fantastic.
New York City’s own Sunflower Bean kicked off the night. Though they had a very short set of three songs, they managed to pack in their three strongest hits from their most recent record Twentytwo in Blue, which was released earlier this year. The trio captivated the crowd and got the night started on the right foot.
Up next was Mom+Pop Records newcomer, Alice Merton. Before beginning her 20-minute set, Merton thanked the label for signing her just over a year ago. In the last 12 months, Merton has managed to climb the charts with her hit single “No Roots”, which she closed her energetic set with. Watching Merton perform and how she worked with the crowd, it was clear to see the potential that the label sees in her as well.
Following Merton was Texas-based electronic music band, Neon Indian. Lead vocalist, Alan Palomo danced across the stage, gyrating his hips to the beat of their song “Annie.” Thanks to Neon Indian, the band was really starting to groove. The night was halfway through, but the energy was high during their set. Fans were singing along and dancing with each other and it felt like, for the first time in a while, there wasn’t a care in the world but enjoying ourselves at the show.
After a brief stage setup change, Sleigh Bells took over the stage and smashed the house down with their killer performance. Known for their loud bass and heavy guitars paired with lead vocalist, Alexis Krauss’ soothing vocals. The band certainly did not disappoint. Jumping from left to right of the stage, Krauss was deeply interactive with the crowd, reaching for their hands and climbing into the crowd at certain points. Though their set was short they made sure to play new songs like “And Saints” as well as old favorites including “Crown On The Ground” and “Bitter Rivals” – the latter of which, Tom Morello joined them on stage for an insane guitar solo.
Ten minutes early, Rage Against the Machine’s guitarist – Tom Morello, came out shredding his guitar with a quick set consisting of one original Morello song, and one Bruce Springsteen cover. In only took 10 minutes for the crowd to be amazed by a true Tom Morello experience.
The final act of the night was Melbourne’s local, Courtney Barnett – who some claim to be the face of Mom+Pop Records. Her set of approximately 35-minutes was filled with songs that went from “I’m Not Your Mother, I’m Not Your Bitch” to “Pedestrian at Best.” It’s been years since I last saw Courtney Barnett perform live and let me tell you, she is only going up and getting better as a musician and performer.
The venue was packed to the brim in celebration of New York’s own Mom+Pop Records. Honoring their home record label the performing bands completely mesmerized fans that attended that night making it a huge success.