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Shillieto, Klozapin and Naughty

Last Friday night, Swanky Media organized a show at Gallagher’s Pub in Oneonta featuring three young local acts -- Eliza Shillieto, Klozapin and Naughty. As this was my first time stepping foot into the “pub”, I was surprised to find that it felt more like a night-club with its seizure-inducing laser-light show. The night was fully equipped with shrieking college-age women greeting each other over the blasting music and goofily grinning college guys ordering pitchers of the cheapest beer they could get their hands on.

Shillieto opened the night playing a solo acoustic set. She wowed the crowd with her gutsy vocals and solid stage presence. Certain riffs in Shillieto’s performance sparked audience members to make comparisons to Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car.” Her strongest moment came when she called a friend to stage to perform an upbeat soulful duet. After her set, Shillieto joined the rest of the crowd to watch the rest of the show.

Next on stage was the noise-rock, shoe-gaze band, Klozapin also known as “KLOZ-AH-PINNNN!” The band members funneled on stage through the crowd and wouldn’t begin until the audience shuffled closer to the stage. Then the ear-melting began. Think Fugazi meets the Smiths and add a dash of She Wants Revenge. The show maintained a riotous energy with deep muffled vocals from lead singer and guitarist, Mitch Todorov, Nick Madison on guitar and Nick Connor relentlessly pounding the drums. Paul Simone (who never stood still the entire performance) supplied a funky baseline and plenty of on-stage panache. The crowd remained relatively calm until the last song when a mosh-pit broke out. No injuries were reported.

Reactions to the performance were mixed. Some audience members exclaimed “I thought they were great – but my ears are bleeding.” Others remarked on the “under-water” quality of the band’s sound and mentioned imagining starfish dancing around the stage with the band members on some of the more bubbly numbers. I’d recommended earplugs for future Klozapin concert-goers… if you’d like to hear past your twenties.

Naughty, a younger band, closed the set on a much milder note. By this time my ear-drums were begging for a break so I only experienced half a Naughty song before deciding to brave the cold Oneonta streets home. Not bad for $3 cover charge. Alex Fredkin, who with Tommy Sayre owns Swanky Media, was pleased with the event’s turnout of just under 200 people and hopes to put on more shows with Swanky Media.

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