Soak and roll: Band has party at the banya

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An indie supergroup has found a bizarre, but fitting, venue to unveil its new record — a Russian bathhouse in Kensington.

The acclaimed Brooklyn-based act the Sway Machinery — which includes members from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Antibalas, the Arcade Fire and Balkan Beat Box — will play tunes from its gypsy-tinged experimental album, “Hidden Melodies Revealed,” at a May 2 bash at the Coney Island Avenue spa Banya.

The Slavic venue is the perfect place for the multi-culti band to showcase new material — and for fans to shed their skinny jeans in favor of bathing suits, according to organizer Larisa Fuchs.

“The last time we had a show at Banya, bands actually played in the Jacuzzi — but this time there are electric guitars involved, so I can’t make any promises,” she said.

Even if the band doesn’t take a dip, concert-goers will have the run of the whole spa, which sports steam rooms and saunas, pomegranate- and blackberry-infused vodkas, hookahs, massages and the obligatory hot, ice, or eucalyptus-infused baths.

“It feels really good to eat and steam and dance,” she said. “At the end of it, you’re refreshed rather than tired.”

Bathhouse bash at Banya [602 Coney Island Ave., between Beverley Road and Avenue C in Kensington, (718) 853-2525], May 2; 7 pm to 2 am. Tickets: $35–$95. For info visit:

Updated 5:12 pm, July 9, 2018
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