Review: Exene Cervenka / Dexter Romweber Duo at White Water | Rock Candy

Monday, February 8, 2010

Review: Exene Cervenka / Dexter Romweber Duo at White Water

Posted By on Mon, Feb 8, 2010 at 11:14 AM

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Exene live in NYC. Via Brooklyn Vegan.

Though it was a brief encounter in a night of three, Exene Cervenka's visit to White Water proved to be a charmingly intimate set. The punk maven is unmistakably confident wielding a guitar. Her whole band was acoustic, without even substantive percussion — where the drum kit normally would have sat, a vase of flowers rested on a trunk like a bedside table.

Exene, under the moniker "The Alien Lord," introduced her band as "Conquering Lion" on a vintage "Carter-family-style" Gibson, "Wolf Maiden" on backing vocals, and "Black Scorpion 35" on bass, banjo, and handheld percussion. Like someone's spunky aunt bedecked in multiple rosaries and a silk apron, she grinned and chatted the whole time, engaging in banter with even the youngest and the drunkest present. Later, she took a moment to thank the crowd saying with a smirk, "Thanks for listening. We really like it when you do that."

Her set was comprised mostly of her newest album's material, and it ended with a triad of fraught love songs with titles like "I'll Admit It Now," all of which were heartfelt with a wicked tinge of humor.

Exene's set was followed by the Dexter Romweber Duo (and preceded by Brother Andy and His Big Damn Mouth), with Romweber himself brutalizing a vintage guitar so rocked out it looked like it had been dragged behind a truck. Dex and his drummer/sister Sara executed meaty, rough-hewn rockabilly with studied sneers. Sara pored over her drum kit like a spider, her red, shaggy head hanging down, her whole demeanor reminiscent of the world's biggest Cramps fan. Dex peppered in a few instrumental surf numbers, and even covered the old standard "Brazil" to merciless effect.

Natalie Elliott

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