Javelin at Glasslands


George Langford and Tom van Buskirk of Javelin

As I mentioned in a previous post, I spent some time with the band Javelin and it just so happened that they were playing at Glasslands in Brooklyn this weekend. The show sold out and as I walked in with Alois Kronschlaeger (holding two large platters of food), we were greeted by Tom van Buskirk, wearing a bright orange jacket. He thanked us for coming and we settled in to hear the opening acts Monster Rally and High Life.

Like most Javelin shows, the atmosphere was super energetic. People were ready to hear the electro-synth music that combines punk, r&b, and latin rhythms into a unique sound that cannot be replicated. In addition to that unique sound, Javelin performs unlike any other band, playing live with a plethora of electronic gear on stage – Tom even wears instruments around his neck and hits pedals with his toes. At this concert, Javelin played some new stuff which reaches the next level of sonic genius with its intense beats, complex synthesis, and fancy layering. I have never seen George Langford rock out so hard on his drum machine and Tom as always jumped around while singing songs like “Soda Popinsky.”

All in all, it was an amazing show. I can’t wait to hear more of their new material.


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