March 23rd, 2018 | Live reviews

Photos by Danny Hernandez Words by Madison Desler

New York City rockers Public Access T.V. brought a little bit of their home turf’s weather to LA yesterday evening, rolling down Sunset to head up a drizzly night at The Echo. All long legs and shaggy hair, they brought plenty of their hometown’s sound as well, an irresistible mix of angular new wave, leather-clad punk, 80’s dance-rock, and an inescapable aura of downtown cool.

An even mix of cuts off their debut album and their recent release, Street Safari, the setlist was built for maximum groove. The Damn The Torpedoes strut of “Evil Disco” and power-pop shimmer of “On Location” got things moving, as the curious crowd warmed-up to the east coast interlopers. By the time they got to the sticky funk of “Metrotech”—nonstop groove courtesy of Max Peebles’ booty-droppin’ bass line—the whole room was dancing it out under the shimmer of The Echo’s twirling disco ball.

Other highlights included the 60s girl-group-flavored ballad “Careful,” and “Rough Boy,” a Road To Ruin-style smasher about military recruitment that had baby-faced frontman John Eatherly doing his best Joey Ramone. They closed out the night with “Meltdown” and “Patti Peru,” two heavy-hitting slow-builds that did their job and left no need for an encore.

While they’re the current kings of the scene back in New York, the buzz hasn’t quite gotten around to the left coast. A shame considering Public Access TV have cranked out two, above-average, filler-less LPs—and effortlessly kill their live set. Anyone concerned about the death of rock n roll should give these guys a play, and if the show last night is any indication, Public Access TV should most definitely be required viewing.

The show was opened by The Soft White Sixties and Future Feats.