Last week on a rain drenched evening I was verbally assaulted by an overreactive bouncer who was bored by the fact that there was no one to pick on besides this nerdy looking kid with a notebook and camera who walked in out of the elements.
“What you got in the bag nigga?” he said. “Open it!”
“I this a stick up?” I asked.
Luckily I wasn’t getting mugged, just harassed, and the show featuring Middletown Rap-Rockers Fight Or Flight and solo rhymer Dave Roberts went on.
I was very impressed with Fight Or Flight. It’s hard to perform within this genre effectively and this group pulled it off. And although referred to as Rap-Rock, the guitar maestro’s (Rich Imparato) Ramones T-Shirt accurately depicts where this band’s allegiances lie. Even the MCs thrashed around as if they were in a mosh.
It’s not quite Rage Against The Machine nor is it Linkin Park, in fact, do you remember when Eminem said, “I don’t make black music/I don’t make white music/I make fight music for high school kids.” That’s an accurate description of the rage-toons produced by Fight Or Flight.
For more on Fight Or Flight, here is the link to the band’s Myspace page. However, these recordings don’t do the live show justice so go and check these guys out live.
Dave Roberts, Long Branch’s lyrical son, and an artist featured prominently on this blog was the opening act and did what he could to rejuvenate an audience drowning itself in booze. Although he could only muster a small gathering in front of the stage, by no fault of his own, he fought through these doldrums with new material like the recently released “Jerzy Boys.”
Roberts spit valiantly but I fear it fell on inebriated ears. Check him out on Facebook and judge for yourself.