Black Kids, Ipso Facto play one-off covers in New York

Plus White Williams plays the Bowery Ballroom

Black Kids, Ipso Facto and White Williams played a gig at the New York Bowery Ballroom last night (December 9), during which they each played a one-off cover version.

Black Kids played a version of The Tammys‘Egyptian Shumba’ as part of their headline set at the Manhattan venue, which saw actors Kevin Bacon and Joshua Jackson in the crowd.

“It’s quite possibly the most punk thing I’ve ever heard in my life,” Black Kids frontman Reggie Youngblood told NME.COM before the show, explaining why his band chose to cover ‘Egyptian Shumba’.


“We were buzzing off how the original made us feel,” he added. “It’s not too far from what we do, it’s just a very straightforward pop song.”

Before the headline set White Williams opened proceedings at the bash by playing a set that included a cover of Joe Meek’s ‘I Hear A New World’, while Ipso Facto covered Leslie Gore‘s ‘You Don’t Own Me’.

The gig was organised by Ray-Ban, who are launching their new Clubmaster sunglasses, with the gig dubbed a Ray-Ban Remasters show.