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Sunday, June 15, 2008

Mission of Burma - Bowery Show NYC 06.14.08

© Kevchino 2008

Mission of Burma graced New York City's Bowery Ballroom for the first of two shows. At tonight's show, the band performed their EP Signals, Calls, and Marches in its entirety. We caught the tail end of the fellow Massachusetts-based opening band Neptune. The band was super tight with tribal grooves and even had homemade pedal boxes and a crazy looking home-built guitar with a sickle on the headstock.

Mission of Burma took the stage and singer/bassist Clint Conley exclaimed "Let's get this out of the way. Neptune kicked our asses!" They launched into a few old tunes to warm up then busted into their 1981 EP. Highlights included "Academy Fight Song," "Max Ernst," and of course "That's When I Reach for My Revolver” (see video clip below). Roger Miller rocked like a twenty year-old punker using some crazy custom pedals, which made his guitar screech and wail alongside Bob Weston's tape manipulations and Peter Prescott's precision drumming. The band had the crowd jumping up and down and signing along with all the tunes off Signals, Calls, and Marches.

Tomorrow night Mission of Burma will be back at the Bowery to perform their album Vs. in its entirety. If you can catch one of these remaining shows, you won't be sorry!

Jun 15 - Bowery Ballroom New York, New York (Vs.)
Jun 27 - First Unitarian Church Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Signals)
Jun 28 - Black Cat DC, Washington DC (Vs.)
Jul 18 - Pitchfork Music Festival Chicago, Illinois (Vs.)
Jul 19 - Bohemian National Home Detroit, Michigan (Signals)

Neptune Live at Bowery 2008 © Kevchino 2008

Live Review & Photos by Kevchino

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