Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers played an amazing show last night at Brooklyn Bowl. Shilpa and bassist Nick Hundley have really tightened up their sound with the addition of new band members, guitarist Andrew Bailey and drummer John Adamski. Andrew and John both have changed the sound of the band quite a bit, Andrew adding a frantic seventies rock vibe with his spastic guitar jams and John really gets into beating the skins adding more fury to the beat. Both members add more fuel to Shilpa's and Nick's already blazing sound.
At the beginning of the night, Shilpa came out with flowers in her hair and by the end of the night, after amazing jams and a few sips of Jameson, they were gone. The band played a bunch of new tunes from their upcoming second album as well as some old Shilpa classics and the fiery tune "Liquidation Sale" from her old band, Beat The Devil. One of my favorite of the new tunes is, if I'm not mistaken, called "Hookers." Shilpa sings "Click on me boys. Click on me. The RIght kind of music and the right kind of movies." The song has a moody down-tempo chorus where Andrew and Nick chime in on vocals on its intro. Another new one I've heard before was introduced by Shilpa exclaiming, "This one is about STDs" before starting in on "The Chelsea Clinic Physical." This track, which has tons of nice breaks and upbeat jams, got the audience rocking as Shilpa belted out "Do You Love Your Freedom?"
For the encore the band performed a great cover of Red Kross's "Neurotica," which is the first time I've seen Shipla step away from the harmonium for an entire song. She's already the hardest working gal in show biz and standing behind the organ but away from it she was amazing. Her powerful front-woman performance as she pranced around the stage and felated her microphone reminded me of Nick Cave from his early band The Birthday Party. Shipla Ray and her Hookers are hotter than ever!
Words & Pix by Kevin Serra
Andrew, Shilpa, John & Nick!
Mic in the mouth!
Shilpa sans harmonium!