Last night, a big crowd packed into the famed Cleveland hot dog establishment for local heroes The New Lou Reeds’ record release show and first show in three years. For certain reasons, I found myself back in Cleveland for the weekend and decided is was not acceptable for me to miss this show. I headed over a little bit early to grab a loaded dog before the bands started. First up was Madame & the Moist Toilettes, a bluesy garage duo with a set full of simple riff-rock anthems that I found quite enjoyable. Quickly after the end of the Toilettes, my personal favorites Herzog took the stage for the third time ever. Since the first time I saw them at the Grog Shop, which was also their first time ever playing live, Nick Tolar and his crew have gained a full, big, and confident sound. They were, without a doubt, arena-ready, like they should opening for Weezer for a few dates. Their set was scattered with tracks from their debut, Search, and a few new ones. The highlight was the seamless transition from the alt-rock climax of “Town to Town” immediately into the huge ending of “Static Shock.” It was especially nice seeing a few faces in the bigger-than-usual crowd singing along to the beginning of “Living Alone,” or the “ooh ooh ooh”s of “Static Shock.” Herzog finished, but people were demanding more with “one more song” chants, to which Nick answered with, “The New Lou Reeds are playing for the first time in three fucking years!” After more people crowded into the Dog, The New Lou Reeds anxiously took the stage with little rust on their backs. They ran threw songs from their new album Hit Songs, as their sleazy blues-rock seemingly answered the prayers of a big group of people, some of which probably saw them three years ago. Check out videos of Herzog’s “Living Alone,” and The New Lou Reeds’ “Headed For A Felony” after the jump, along with some rockin’ photos.
P.S. I apologize in advance for the low amount of light in the videos and that my camera ran out of battery at the end of “Felony.”