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The Presidents of the United States
Bowery Ballroom
March 24, 2008

Written by John Janusz
Photographed by Amy Davidson

Opposite Photo:
Chris Ballew of Presidents Of The United States Of America


Chris Ballew of Presidents Of The United States Of America

The Presidents of the United State of America have released their latest album and first in four years. It is entitled: These Are the Good Times People. They kicked off their tour a couple weeks ago in Portland and this past week the bus pulled through NYC for a sold out show at the LES’ beloved Bowery Ballroom.


Chris Ballew of Presidents Of The United States Of America

The Presidents’ sound hasn’t strayed much from the blueprint that brought them so much success in the mid to late 90s. It was the same, familiar, “catchy, humorous and self-deprecating” style that we know and still love. The band cleverly alternated the play-list between songs off their new album and their past favorites as they frequently reminded the audience of their past/present play-list alternating method. Most notable off the new album is “Mixed-Up Son of a Bitch” which is already a hit with Presidents loyalists, as is “Ladybug” and “Truckstop Butterfly.” But it was when they jammed the classics that the crowd roared. I stood next to a Brazilian fan for the majority of the show who had obviously been to his share of shows at the Bowery Ballroom. During a brief lull between songs he shouted the comment to me, “You always know it’s a good concert here when you feel like we’re all going to fall through the floor.” And it was when the Presidents jammed “Peaches” and “Lump” that I thought we, indeed, would end up in the basement bar area. The crowd also rallied for the hit songs “Kitty” and “Dune Buggy” as well as cover songs “Kick Out the Jams” and “Video Killed the Radio Star.” It is safe to say that the Presidents of the United States of America and their upbeat sound will always be welcome in New York City.


Chris Ballew of Presidents Of The United States Of America


For more information about The Presidents of the United States of America, log onto: presidentsrock.com



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