Robbers on High Street *Mercury Lounge, NYC* July 10, 2009

Friday night team Modern Mystery had the chance of catching indie darlings Robbers on High Street at the Mercury Lounge. The band who is currently finishing up their third record hit the stage for a New York only show that was certainly a surprise.

I heard someone comment at the show that Robbers on High Street is ‘one of the great indie bands of our generation. I couldn’t agree more. The bond within the band seems stronger than ever and the musical relationship of Ben Trokan and Stephen Mercado is flawless. They know how to play off each other and the rest of the band is in on the game.

Robbers play like old pros. They know how to work the stage and put on a stellar show. Even when the amplifier went out on Trokan, the band handled it perfectly and with such humor! Robbers on  High Street played a variety of songs ranging from old favorites such as ‘Spanish Teeth’,  as well as classics such as ‘Fatalist’. The band also mixed in great deal of new songs that have us excited for the new album to come out. It changes things up a slight bit but it completely remains to be the Robbers sound that we know and love. Stay tuned for the interview with the band we did to be posted this week. You won’t want to miss out!


Watch Our Robbers on High Street live from the Mercury Lounge Video HERE

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The Setlist

Crystal Run
Unbelievers
Happy Horses
Electric Eye
Spanish Teeth
Fatalist
Across Your Knee
Letter
Crown Victoria
Face Fog
Watch it Disappear
Turnaround
Hudson Tubes
Married Young
*Also played was ‘Love Underground’, not on the setlist, as well as ‘Souls’ and ‘Achilles Last’ was listed.

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Broken Social Scene Preps New Album (Finally)

Its hard to believe that was last heard from Broken Social Scene, as a collective, nearly 4 years ago.  With all side projects on the back burner now, the band has returned to the studio together to reignite the fire that started it all. BSS is currently recording at Soma Studios in Chicago with producer John McEntire. This of course is a big change for the band since the previous albums were recorded David Newfeld who is currently working on other projects at the moment. With a new producer in tow, how will the new tracks sound? I guess we’ll have to wait and see for now because this is very recent. The band is still in the midst of writing songs and getting reacquainted with each other.

The first book about BSS has also been released this week titled ‘This Book is Broken.’ I haven’t had a chance to check it out yet but it is a given that it will be interesting.  It includes the biography of BSS as well as interviews.

Watch an oldie but goodie, Broken Social Scene’s video for ‘Major Label Debut (fast version)’