Thursday, March 19, 2009

Venue Review: Death By Audio

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Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Address: 49 South 2nd St (between Wythe and Kent)
Size: Small
Directions: L to Bedford, walk south about eight short blocks and west two and half blocks
Website: [MySpace]

Acoustics: A-
Booking: D-
Helpfulness to bands: C
Atmosphere: A

Acoustics - For a venue that's just a room with a PA, the acoustics are surprisingly good. It's not Carnegie Hall, but for a DIY warehouse venue, it's not shabby in the least!

Booking - Death By Audio books almost entirely through independent promoters like Todd P. They are nearly impossible to get in touch with if you aren't BFFs with the guys who run the place. And it's not to easy to get in touch with the promoters either, probably because they are big names and end up bombarded with e-mails all the time. Plus, they usually will come to you, not the other way around. So yeah, if you want to book a show here, good luck, odds are slim.

Helpfulness - Leading up to the show, in my experience, the venue is somewhat hopeless - they are very hard to get in touch with, which generally leads to a bit of confusion when everyone shows up not knowing what the set times are, what order people play in or even what bands are on the bill. There's no backline and very few resources. However, on the day of the show, it's a different story. My experience has been much more positive. They tend to run late, but they do want their shows to go off well and are surprisingly welcoming to and accommodating of bands.

Atmosphere - The place is small and feels very homey and comfortable, but still hip and underground. And all the hassle is worth it for that!

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