CONS Project: Brooklyn came to a close Friday night with performances by El-P and The Bots at Converse Rubber Tracks. The three-month creative workshop offered emerging artists the opportunity to learn from the best in the fields of audiovisual, production and recording.
Hailing from Los Angeles, the young punk-blues duo known as The Bots rocked the Williamsburg performance space for the better part of an hour. Their gritty, wise-beyond-its-years repertoire included a song about a girl from their school that used to cut her feet and put her blood in the cupcakes she sold on campus.
Brothers Mikaiah and Anaiah Lei, who began recording together at the ages of 15 and 12, respectively, already have three records under their belt and have won praise from the likes of Damon Albarn and Bad Brains. It will be interesting to see where they are five years from now.
Brooklyn’s own El-P took the stage around 7:00 and with a brief introduction launched into “Stay Down”. His set focused on tracks from 2012’s Cancer For Cure while incorporating everything from Company Flow’s “Patriotism” to Run The Jewels' “DDFH”.
A meandering between song rant preceded the latter track and poked fun at the sober audience. It was among the most intimate shows El has ever played, and he commented on it bordering on awkward with the lights on and him being able to see the expressions on everyone’s faces. Charming and witty when engaging the crowd and ruthless on the microphone, El-P’s stage show has caught up to the brilliance of his recorded material. A small cross section of Brooklyn voiced their approval at Rubber Tracks as El prepared to board a flight for Run The Jewels’ Australian tour.
Check out April Siqueiros' photos of El-P and The Bots at Converse Rubber Tracks over at Artlux Mag.