I am so very proud to announce that we are hosting a contest to win signed copies of BOTH albums from Hayley Jane and the Primates!!! All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below about your favorite track, favorite live experience seeing them, or a general message of love to the band. Post by 11/15/17 to be entered and a post will be chosen at random! This comes in time to write about the AMAZING show they played, their first headlining, at Brooklyn Bowl. It was particularly exciting as it included a wedding, all-star opening band, and a ridiculously terrific set.
Word came down a few months ago that the band would be headlining Brooklyn Bowl for the first time this fall to coincide with the release of their second album We’re Here Now. Such a fitting title because once you see them live, they move into your soul. If it is instead an internal mantra for the band then all the better; keep it up, spread the word, and keep making it more interesting. Needless to say, I bought tickets right away and alerted everyone to do the same. It was also announced that Josh, the bassist, and his fiancé Kristen would be getting married on stage before the show. An opening act consisting of members from Pink Talking Fish, Dopapod, Kung Fu, and more made up the most exciting wedding band you’ve ever heard.
The wedding began under a stealie-emblazoned chuppah with the surprise (to me at least) officiant Peter Shapiro thanking everyone for attending the first public wedding at Brooklyn Bowl. I’ve seen weddings at Gathering Of The Vibes (officiated by Wavy Gravy no less), proposals on stage at Lockn’ (my exes ex actually), and what may have lead to a conception at Wetlands but this was most exciting by far.
The ceremony was quick but managed to include the requisite Dead lyrics and vows. That whole ring exchange thing was added last minute as everyone made way for the Brooklyn Bowl all-star wedding band. Stevie Wonder, Talking Heads, Peter Gabriel, Allman Brothers, more Stevie Wonder, and some Dead all continued the exciting start to the night. We danced and danced while I tried to convince myself to save some energy for later. So glad I did. Click to see this purple masterpiece!:
You’ve heard me go off on Hayley Jane and the Primates a few times this year and so I can save you some repetition but I can’t say enough times just how much fun the show is. The new album has a bunch of tracks that we’ve heard live for a while and some exciting new ones that cover numerous vibes from calypso to Talking Heads (they’re a genre right? Fela Kuti + David Bowie right?). The benefit of the album is the wonderful production quality. Typically I avoid studio albums for bands that tour this much because the jams (and in this case, the dancing) is unique each time and the albums feel static, cold, and empty (with no audience). This is a great exception to that because we get the fully realized version that was in the band’s head. This makes future shows even more exciting.
One last item worth mentioning was the announcement of a Halloween show where they will be billed as Jenny and the Gumps. They will be playing selections from the Forest Gump soundtrack. First off, amazing idea. Secondly, they are a great band for this. One of the last shows I saw last year was them playing a David Bowie set at B.B. Kings and it was incredible.
Please watch the full show (with the all-star opener!) and leave a comment below to win a pair of autographed albums!