Everlast and Lordz
371 W. 16th St.
September 30, 2008
Wendy R. Williams
Erik Schrody / Everlast
"Just how many
working class Brooklyn Irish men and women can you
put in one bull pen," I asked myself as I attended
the Everlast Show (with opening by Brooklyn's Lordz)
on the night of Rosh Hoshanah? The place was packed
with hard core Irish, sporting lots of tattoos and
punk duds (I am Irish myself and I work so I can
say this [no tattoos, however]).
The crowd was totally
revved up as the Lordz took to the stage. The Lordz
are a quasi punk/hip hop band that has been touring
and playing since 1992. And they have their act
down; they dominated the stage and gave the crowd
exactly what they wanted - loud, loud punky rock
with lots of crotch grabbing (each grabbing his
personal crotch, that is). Lead singer
Ad Money (aka DJ ADM), wearing what must
be his signature hat, danced across the stage, stoking
the audience into a head-banging frenzy. Their performance
was fresh meat for this raised fist crowd.
Ad Money (aka DJ ADM) The
Lordz of Brooklyn
Then it was time
for Everlast and his rapping acoustic rock. Everlast
(Erik Schrody) is best known for his two blues CD's:
Whitey Ford Sings the Blues and Dinner
at Whitey's. He also won a Grammy for Grammy
for best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group for
his collaborative performance of "Put Your
Lights On" on Santana's 1999 album Supernatural.
Many in the crowd were there simply because Everlast
was playing. One of the women in the audience had
driven in from Florida to see him. Schrody took
to the stage and told the crowd that he had not
toured in four years because he was "a lazy
bastard and just like to stay home and smoke dope."
So what's was the problem with that, you might
say? Well, Schrody had won his fame because his
albums are filled with beautifully produced music.
But when Schrody to the stage at Hiro, he immediately
started blasting his music like he was in a contest
with Lordz to see who could deliver the loudest
performance. This was fine with numbers like "Jump
Around" but it sure would have been nice to
hear "Endz" with a little more balance.
This is one band that sure could use a band director.
Everlast has a new CD out, Love, War and the
Ghost of Whitey Ford. Click on his Myspace
page to hear tracks from the CD. The tracks on Myspace
have the great sound that rightfully made Everlast
a rock nova. The Everlast on Love, War and the
Ghost of Whitey Ford is the Everlast that had
me hanging around the Hiro Ballroom late at night
on a Tuesday. The actual act I heard that night,
well, not so much.
Erik Schrody / Everlast