February 27, 2009
Photographed by Elana
of Glorious Veins
New York City has
no shortage of venues to catch a good rock show.
We have well known spots ranging from arenas and
cavernous concert venues, a la Terminal 5, to the
very popular and much missed CBGB’s. For those
into the Indie rock scene, sometimes smaller is
better. In these spaces, we can really get to know
a band. And hopefully, you’re off to see a
band that wants to know you. The Glorious Veins
are just such a band and The Public Assembly in
Williamsburg is just such a place.
Last Friday I had the pleasure of seeing an energetic
and entertaining show by The Glorious Veins at The
Public Assembly. Reigning in from as far as the
Philippines and London, to places closer to home
via Wisconsin and Connecticut, these four artists
bring their individual talents and tastes to this
seething cauldron of musical mayhem we call New
York City. The band weaves indie rock with upbeat
blues/jazz guitar riffs, funky bass, driving rhythms
and syncopation, and a front man whose lyrical word
play and suspender-clad antics will keep your eyes
glued to the stage. As an added bonus, he can also
Paul Pangman, the bands singer and primary songwriter,
does a wonderful job in both providing entertainment
for the eyes and belting out memorable melodies.
"Behind the 8 Ball" is an upbeat punk
influenced jam with lyrical musings reminiscent
of The Cars.
"Finding Dennis" is a comical mostly spoken
word song begging for a well-known cartoon character
to help get our country back on its feet. "Eternal
Bandstand" has all the ingredients of a late
50’s, early 60’s high school dance that
Marty Mcfly might have danced the Charleston to.
"Tinfoil Hats" is another early rock style
song with an addition of horns as well as guitar
licks and vocal hooks reminiscent of Modest Mouse.
The Glorioius Veins
The Glorious Veins have brought together sounds
of 50 years of rock and roll into a cohesive, modern,
and thoroughly entertaining package that you should
not miss. With their newer upbeat style and funky
syncopated grooves, it’s clear the band’s
core purpose is to make the place rock. All of this
is done in a lighthearted manner showing that you
don’t always have to have that “teen
angst” ridden vibe to hook the crowd. The
guys are in the process of putting together a full-length
album so keep your eyes and ears peeled for that.
While you are waiting ever so impatiently for the
cd, you can check them out at www.myspace.com/thegloriousveins
, or better yet go check out a show.