Live: Showpaper Hosts a Benefit at Silent Barn with Dan Friel and Starring

Starring. All photos by Georgia Kral
Starring. All photos by Georgia Kral

While Baltimore-based one-man guitar chorus Ecstatic Sunshine never made it to Ridgewood, Queens for Friday's Silent Barn-hosted benefit for the local DIY broadsheet Showpaper, Dan Friel of experimental Brooklyn act Parts and Labor did. Those in attendance didn't seem to mind--it was a mellow night that just happened to feature one of the weirdest sounding bands we've heard in awhile. Let's call Starring--a Brooklyn avant-garde super-group of sorts, featuring members of Pterodactyl, Skeleton$, Talibam!, and more--"circus metal."

The electric viola adds the oddest mid-level notes to the mix.
The electric viola adds the oddest mid-level notes to the mix.
Singer and guitarist Clara Latham. On Friday, she poured beer over her head more than once.
Singer and guitarist Clara Latham. On Friday, she poured beer over her head more than once.
The new Showpaper.
The new Showpaper.
Silent Barn: hipster art commune when the lights are on; grimy, smoky, disco-ball lit DIY den when the lights are out.
Silent Barn: hipster art commune when the lights are on; grimy, smoky, disco-ball lit DIY den when the lights are out.
Silent Barn is on the outskirts of Bushwick, but where'd these guys come from?
Silent Barn is on the outskirts of Bushwick, but where'd these guys come from?
Dan Friel played heavy and loud, all with gear he could fit on his lap.
Dan Friel played heavy and loud, all with gear he could fit on his lap.
Live: Showpaper Hosts a Benefit at Silent Barn with Dan Friel and Starring
The guy in the Wayne's World cap loved it.
The guy in the Wayne's World cap loved it.
Live: Showpaper Hosts a Benefit at Silent Barn with Dan Friel and Starring
During Friel's set the house mascot came through.
During Friel's set the house mascot came through.
The bill also featured DJ Dott, aka Pat from These Are Powers.
The bill also featured DJ Dott, aka Pat from These Are Powers.
The scene in the basement of Silent Barn.
The scene in the basement of Silent Barn.
Live: Showpaper Hosts a Benefit at Silent Barn with Dan Friel and Starring
The crowd was so into Starring that after it was announced Ecstatic Sunshine was a no show the band played a second set with Friel guesting on keys and effects.
The crowd was so into Starring that after it was announced Ecstatic Sunshine was a no show the band played a second set with Friel guesting on keys and effects.

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