Brooklyn’s self-proclaimed “psychedelic venue partyhaus” turned seven years old this year. The gutted warehouse, converted into a music art space, featured performances by Bear in Heaven and Quinn Walker, and DJ sets from Lemonade and Aaron Pfenning of Rewards to reel in their seventh anniversary last Thursday, July 25.
Located in South Williamsburg since 2006, the three hundred capacity Glasslands Gallery has featured past performances by indie notables like Deer Tick, the So So Glos, Delicate Steve, and the Smith Westerns to name a few. This Kent Avenue venue sits squarely on the border of avant-garde music spot and booty-shaking styled night club, offering up a hip, and yet stylishly dingy alternative to your typical booze-fueled night out.
I arrived at the event, presented by PopGun Booking, to find a half full and half baked dance party, not short on facial hair or flannel, or its share of shameless and god awful dance maneuvers. My first move was toward the L-shaped bar, where they provided patrons with New Years style party hats. The sound guy was posted up at the end of the bar, with a convenient sign over his head saying “Not a Bartender.” After grabbing a beer and settling in, I found the place filling out quickly as I pressed toward the bench style seating under the balcony along the left side of the stage. I noticed the cloud-like installation above the stage had been removed and replaced with what looked like fluorescent pool noodles.
The evening eventually blurred together in a combination of dance driven drones and synth pads, that led up to the performance by Brooklyn-based, Bear in Heaven, which everyone seemed to be waiting anxiously for. Their psychedelic electronic brand of synthpop was ambient and textural without missing the boat on the importance of a hook. The driving rhythms, chest rumbling bass, and syncopated percussion represented a high point, along with a lively performance that stoked the crowd.
As per usual at Glasslands, the party continued into the wee hours of the morning. Notorious for booking high energy shows and late night dance ragers, Glasslands appears to be in for the long haul, after celebrating their seventh birthday, and if you’re into having a good time and partying into the early hours of the morning, then that’s probably a really good thing.
Check out their calendar at their website: http://www.theglasslands.com/
See what PopGun Booking has got going on here: http://www.popgunbooking.com/
Check out Bear in Heaven: http://bearinheaven.com/