Review: Stalemate, Brook Pridemore, & Mutiny Amongst Friends was an eclectic blend of rhythmic story telling, headlined by some good old rock & roll, as Stalemate, Brook Pridemore, and Mutiny Amongst Friends, played AS220 on Tuesday, June 23rd.

Mutiny Amongst Friends was first to take the stage. A four piece from Connecticut, this group could be described as your standard lively hipster garage band, with a somewhat odd, yet addicting, stage presence that ultimately draws you into their music and will have you tapping your toes by the end of their set. Although they’re a bit amateur musically speaking, I’m a sucker for a band with feisty confidence and corny jokes, and this is exactly what MAF delivers. Once you’re able to set aside the band’s rudimentary riffs, the audience can take pleasure in rekindling the good old days of drinking excessively, smoking too much, and the nonsense lyrical debauchery that transpires from their naïve angst.

Brook Pridemore enticed me from the beginning and kept my attention throughout his entire set. Stemming from Brooklyn, I was curious what this one piece would provide, being somewhat familiar with various acts the Brooklyn scene comprises.  Brook Pridemore provided more than the customary folky artist with an acoustic guitar, and to my surprise, was quickly able to engage the audience with simple passion and compelling words that swiftly drifted into harmonic short stories of city living and relationships. Brook Pridemore also had his self-publicity act down, promoting his act consistently and connecting with the audience through short dialogues expressing the personal meanings behind each of his candid melodies.

Stalemate, a five piece from Lincoln, Rhode Island, was clearly the act the audience came out to see, with the venue rapidly filling up just prior to their musical engagement. It’s difficult to describe exactly what Stalemate could be classified as — which was refreshing — leaving the audience intrigued through the steady progression of their set list. Composed of the traditional instrument line-up and the added enjoyment of both a keyboard and sax, Stalemate was a clear dichotomy from the two prior acts, with more of a jam band feel with a forceful grace in composition. Though lacking in stage zest at times, their compelling instrumentation makes up for any minor flaws.

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