When rock band TV on the Radio formed in 2001, Brooklyn was a very different place. Bands from New York were all the rage, popping up on MTV and Top 40 countdowns everywhere you turned. It seemed you couldn’t swing a guitar without knocking over a hot, new act, especially in Williamsburg, where TV on the Radio is from.
Six years later, there might be more condos and strollers on the streets of their neighborhood, but the band is still the same, drummer Jaleel Bunton told GO Brooklyn.
And they’re bringing their act back home this weekend. On July 29, they’ll perform at the McCarren Park Pool with Celebration, Miles Benjamin and Anthony Robinson as part of the Helio and JellyNYC Present Pool Parties series.
“When I first moved here from Kentucky, there was only Planet Thailand and Sweetwater Tavern [in the neighborhood]. That was it,” Bunton said. “It’s changed a lot, but it doesn’t surprise me that it’s arrived where it has.”
The same could be said of his band, which, after three albums and a handful of EPs, still gets fans and critics worked up. Even David Bowie isn’t immune to its charm — he’s often spotted at shows and even contributed vocals to the 2006 record, “Return to Cookie Mountain.”
It isn’t just celebrities and DJs who get excited about the band, though. “I’m jumping out of my pants I’m so excited that TV on the Radio is playing a free show in Brooklyn,” said Skye Chamberlain, 19, of Clinton Hill. “They’re one of my favorite bands.”
Bunton said that the band wanted to play the free show to give something back to its fan base. “We’re a product of this community and we’ve had success and been really fortunate,” he said. “Brooklyn is a part of that.”
Being at home surely includes the hijinx that have come to make the Pool Parties the hottest spot in the neighborhood this summer.
Besides the concerts, the afternoons feature beverages from Brooklyn Brewery, full-court dodgeball — champions take home the “Dick Cheney Golden Dodger Trophy” — and a 32-foot Slip ’n’ Slide. It’s Neverland on the banks of the East River.
“I think the idea of doing a big outdoor show that was free and in their neighborhood was very appetizing to them,” said Doug DeFalco, head booker for JellyNYC. “It’s like a family reunion of sorts.”
The band feels the same way. “One of the best things about this band is coming home to Brooklyn,” said Bunton. “We’ve been really
TV on the Radio will play at 2 pm on July 29 at the McCarren Park Pool (Lorimer and Bayard streets in Williamsburg). Admission is free. For information, visit www.thepoolparties.c....