For more than a decade, the pair had travelled through Europe and over to America to perform at the request and invitation of various galleries and museums. The performance piece, which involved the lovers standing and facing each other while naked in a doorway which Ulay had built cases into to make it narrower, forcing visitors to walk through the two artists with skin on skin contact if they wanted to get inside the space. What is art if not questioning the meaning of life? Or in this case, museums.
How lucky was I to get the chance to see two of these such bands in the same night and at the same venue? Both Sunflower Bean and The Nude Party are fronted by a talented lead singer evocative of rock legends past, but have personas and vibes that are completely their own. Both bands are loaded with more talent than any band of a similar short existence should be blessed with, and sound just as great live as they do on their recordings… something else that is a rather rare occurrence these days in rock music. The intimate confines of Snug Harbor suited both bands perfectly. Even though their sound is ready made for arenas and beyond, they sounded just as tight and sharp in Snug as they sound in your headphones.