The Winter Sermon Flies The Flag For Underground New York Bass [Event Review]
Far from the VIP tables and velvet ropes of Manhattan, there was a true example of New York City’s underground bass culture taking place. Tucked away deep in the bowels of Brooklyn, the Winter Sermon was attracting bass fiends and low-end weirdos of all shapes and sizes. Hailed as one of the rawest and most unapologetic events representing underground culture in the Big Apple, the Winter Sermon brought a cavalcade of deranged bass merchants to unleash their dirty deeds on a starving crowd of bassaholics. The Sermon did not disappoint with a hefty lineup including Thelem b2b The Widdler, Conrank, iX, Proko, Shlump and the highly anticipated debut of Guccimen, a combination of bass legends Freddy Todd and Space Jesus. Hosted by the ever-energizing MC Honeycomb, the Winter Sermon bustled with a whose who of the underground bass scene. From start to finish, the Winter Sermon was a tornado of heady underground vibes fueled by the surround sound of Tsunami Bass.
As soon as I walked through the doors at the Winter Sermon I immediately knew that this wasn’t an event for the faint of heart. The cavernous, dimly lit space seemed to expand with hidden nooks and crannies and the dance floor was packed from wall to wall with head banging misfits. Rising from the shadows like a mind-bending cathedral was the warping Sermon stage. Constructed by the mad geniuses over at Rhizome NYC, the Sermon stage was a cutting edge 3D-mapping art installation. While the bass heads may have come out to see head bang with the best names in the underground bass world, the Rhizome NYC created stage kept them absolutely entranced.
The night kicked off with the Brooklyn braised sounds of up-and-coming DJ and producer, iX. True to form the Winter Sermon made sure to represent the city properly by letting this new NYC-based artist a chance to kick things off. Conrank and Shlump continued the heady vibes by truly stretching the legs of the Tsunami Bass surround sound system. When positioned directly in the midst of the dance floor the ring of speakers created a tidal wave of bass that whipped the crowd into a frenzy.
The vibes went through the roof when the absolutely deranged twosome of Space Jesus and Freddy Todd unleashed the jaw-dropping intensity of Guccimen. Clearly the most anticipated set of the night, Guccimen bombarded the rabble with heavy drops and some smoother liquid salvos. Thelem went back to back with The Widdler and continued to keep the energy charged as the party powered into the early hours of the morning. Yheti came on to give the bass drunk crowd still assembled at the Sermon a very special guest cameo.
Planting a flag as one of the most genuine underground bass experiences in New York City, the Winter Sermon lived up to the hype. Attracting the type of homies who are locked in and invested into the fabric of the renegade electronic scene, this event brought together the type of heady vibes that many old school heads assumed were extinct. If you consider yourself a purveyor of those underground vibes then you definitely need to hit up the next Sermon when it’s in session.