Sunday, February 1, 2009

Weapons of Trash Destruction

"Rock & Roll Never Looked so Beautiful," according to New York City's own Semi Precious Weapons who kicked out the glam jams in the swanky Highline Ballroom on Saturday night as the homecoming show of their "Hell on Heels" tour in support of the new CD "We Love You" (Razor and Tie).

The fierce foursome fronted by bleached blond, bone thin Justin Tanter recalls the glitter of Ziggy-era Bowie, the street walkin' attitude of Iggy Pop and the blitzkrieg energy of the Ramones. Though SPW's set was semi-short for the $12 ticket price and an encore would have been appreciated (c'mon boys ya must know Rebel Rebel) the crowd left as energized as if they had just downed a Starbucks venti with a vodka and Red Bull chaser. And to his credit Justin went straight from prowling the stage to working the merchandise table, which included jewelery of his own design and tote bags emblazoned with the band's mantra "I CAN'T PAY MY RENT BUT I'M F*CKING GORGEOUS" guaranteed to wow 'em at Whole Foods.

So though the band could have played longer and calling your crowd by the "C" word might not be the most heartwarming sentiment, it's still reassuring to know that the future of glam rock as we know it is safe so long as glitter junkies like Semi Precious Weapons are around to keep the fuse lit. For Metro's "the world's largest global newspaper" profile of the band and a bit of banter with Mr. Tanter read on...

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