The Everymen at Brooklyn Bowl
Most of the audience at this show seemed to be punk kids who were waiting restlessly for the headliners, a well known local punk band. The Everymen aren't a punk band. Uh oh, this could end badly...
The Everymen are a rock band who range from heavy-ish, Smithereens-like rock to bluesy stuff more reminiscent of Morphine, though most of their songs are upbeat, anthemic rock-n-roll. Oh, and they are from New Jersey. They really want you to know that they're from New Jersey. They covered a Springsteen song for chrissakes! An obscure song at that. Springsteen with the E Street Band is also obviously among their influences.
That punk crowd was a bit tepid at first but warmed up to them over the course of the set. These guys (and gal) are so enthusiastic it's hard not to! And I have to say, they may have the single wildest keyboardist I've ever seen in a band. How did this guy manange to be all over the stage while playing keyboards? Anyway, they finished off the set with some of their louder rock-n-roll numbers, the big finale. By then they were getting plenty of applause.