Words and Video: Addy Dunkle
“This is the first Idle Warship show ever!” proclaims Talib Kweli!
Withoutapause attended the Idle Warship show in New York City and boy were we surprised! The first shocker was Mr. Kweli telling those fans that this was the Warship’s first show. No. No. No. WAP was at the SXSW festival this year and we saw the real very first show right in Austin, Texas. We were in the front row at that show and were intrigued enough to come back for a second dose.
Securities are some suckers, a shock that’s not such a shock! Stupid security stopped us from recording group member Res as she performed “Ice King,” our favorite song of the sexy siren. Then, Talib Kweli hit the show climax with “Get By,” which totally killed B.B. King’s club in midtown Manhattan. We’d like to think that this start-up trio, including Graph Nobel, would like all the youtubing possible to get the buzz really going.
“We got songs for days! We do this independent,” Talib said as the show winds down.
Anyway, we were pleased to see Talib, Graph and Res rock the house with a combination of rap, rock, pop, electro-funk and dance. After hearing some early songs, we weren’t sure what to expect. What we experienced was a formless, shapeless party that held concertgoers for well over an hour. Graph Nobel, cute as a button, proved she deserved to be there. Res shook the shadow of Santogold and commanded the crowd. And Talib displayed the leadership of a circus ringmaster.
Here’s some of the crappy footage we did manage to capture before security stopped us!
They left the crowd chanting “Encore!” and they gave them what they wanted…another bouncy jam session.