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The Bobby Lees Conquer New York City

by Michael Levine

We are living in a golden age of female powered bands like Amyl & The Sniffers, Starcrawler, Death Valley Girls, L.A. Witch, Wet Leg, and The Linda Lindas. Hailing from Woodstock, New York, The Bobby Lees are most definitely included in this roster and recently showcased their talents at NYC’s Mercury Lounge last Friday evening.

This upstate quartet played an electrifying killer set to a sold out, packed house featuring selections from their brilliant third album Bellevue (Ipecac Recordings). The band tore the shit out of songs like “Dig Your Hips,” “Be My Enemy,” Greta Van Fake,” and “Ma Likes To Drink” with such high energy it was as if sparks were flying out of their instruments. Each member of the group, Kendall Wind on bass, guitarist Nick Casa, drummer Macky Bowman (who’s stage attire consisted of only white briefs, tube socks and sneakers), and the incomparable Sam Quartin on rhythm guitar and lead vocals gave 1000% playing one of the tightest and most rockin’ sets this jaded old dog has ever been witness to. Sam Quartin is one of the most mesmerizing front persons to ever grace a stage. if Iggy Pop and Patti Smith had a musical baby it would be Ms. Quartin. Their final song for the evening was a rousing rendition of PJ Harvey’s “50Ft Queenie” which left the adoring audience screaming for more.LLyons04TBobbyLees 5220dSam Quartin of the Bobby Lees (Photo: Leslie Lyons)

Forget about paying ridiculous amounts of money to see tired icons like Madonna and Bruce Springsteen, or younger overrated acts like Billie Eilish and Taylor Swift. Instead catch this stellar band when their tour rolls into a city near you. The Bobby Lees music will make you shake your bones and satisfy your soul like no other band will.

Photos by Leslie Lyons

LLyons07TBobbyLees 788c4Drummer Macky Bowman of the Bobby Lees (Photo: Leslie Lyons)

LLyons08TBobbyLees 3e0eaBassist Kendall Wind of the Bobby Lees (Photo: Leslie Lyons)

LLyons09TBobbyLees 8d84dNick Casa of the Bobby Lees (Photo: Leslie Lyons)

Live Video by Michael Levine

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