Saturday, Jan. 10 will be the ultimate 90’s underground blast from the past as Alternative rockers Dead Air will perform what looks to be a one night only reunion show at the Grand Victory in Brooklyn, NY.
The band will take the stage for the first time in nearly 20 years as part of a going away present to friends known as “Angie” and “Foofy,” who will soon be moving to California.
“A friend of ours is relocating to the West Coast and he had this idea for Dead Air to get back together and play a few songs with a bunch of bands that grew up together as a going away party. Mike (MacIvor) our bass player/singer brought it up to me and John (LaMacchia, who also sings and plays guitar) and we thought it was a great idea to play the old songs with a fresh perspective,”said drummer Dr.Wayne K. Banner – Schneiderman.
“It’s turned out to be very nostalgic and enjoyable,” said Schneiderman. “The songs still sound fresh to me. We’ve been rehearsing for the past few months and its been great.”
Fusing both classic rock and grunge elements, Dead Air formed in 1992 and developed a unique cult following in their heyday, playing at legendary New York clubs such as L’amour’s, The Limelight and CBGB’s. Dead Air once bussed in 70 fans from Brooklyn to a Long Island gig in 1994 at the now defunct Ferrari’s.
“As far as a scene goes we had a pretty intense and pretty rabid group of band followers,” Schneiderman said, “We’re not talking about thousands of people, but we would draw a lot. We would sell out venues.”
This was before the days of the Internet and Social Media, where most if not all promotion had to be by word of mouth.
“You had to be there,” said Schneiderman. “We would be handwriting mailing lists in our guitarist’s basement, cutting envelopes, mailing passes by hand so we would do a lot to get the word out. We did a video, which was a big deal at the time. We were signed to Wonderland Records (an independent label) and we recorded a record which was unreleased, but it was a pretty big deal at the time.”
The show titled “A Farewell to Angie and Foofy” will also feature Mr.Pickle & the L.T.D., One Slack Mind, Rumba Flamenca and Fat Free. The event starts at 7 p.m. Dead Air will re-claim their long, lost air at 10 p.m.
“The show’s been pretty heavily promoted,” Schneiderman said. “We expect to see a lot of old friends from the past. Hopefully a lot of new people will come around but it looks to be an overall really great time and we look to have a wonderful, memorable, satisfying evening.”