Motown goes hardcore

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Motown has never been so hardcore.

Mellifluous melodies of Motown and the thrashing guitar and machine gun drums that characterize hardcore come together when Joey Steel and the Attitude Adjusters go on stage.

Lead vocalist Steel says both genres are all about raw passion.

“Motown was the most passionate music ever made,” said Steel, whose band is performing at Hanks Saloon on Feb. 22. “I always thought that if bands like the Temptations had started in the ’90s they would have been a hardcore band. When I heard these songs, that’s how I heard them: as hard tunes.”

The artists rearrange classics like “Tears of a Clown” and “Heard it Through the Grapevine” into ferocious hardcore tracks as way of honoring, never insulting, these old favorites.

The Attitude Adjusters have a three piece horn section, an arrangement atypical to hardcore music, as part of their dedication to staying true to the soul of the Motown.

“We wanted to bring positive tunes to the scene. I love music that you can smile and be happy to, and convey a message,” said Steel. “I wanted to see a hardcore crowd that was smiling and dancing.”

Joey Steel and the Attitude Adjusters for Moosehead’s Birthday Bash at Hank’s Saloon (46 Third Ave. at Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill, Feb. 22, 8 pm, $7.

Updated 5:40 pm, July 9, 2018
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JAY from NYC says:
ummm more articles about cover bands? At least the Brooklyn paper put in where their next gig is in this article, but really, how about covering the working bands who are trying to do something new rather than re-hashing mash ups of my grandfathers music (as good as it is, there is new stuff happening now) you could be the paper to break the next great band.
Feb. 18, 2013, 11:13 pm
KW says:
You should go out to the show and see these guys and who they are playing with. These dudes redo these tunes like you never heard. This is not JUST a cover band, and all these guys are in some HARDWORKING bands, including Blackout Shoppers, WWIX, All Torn Up, The Will, Barbarian, and a TON MORE, including a bunch of bands that are playing THAT NIGHT.

Stop hating and come to the show. Check out all the bands.
Feb. 21, 2013, 4:34 pm

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