Photography and Etc. by Carlos Detres
Rewards opened for We Are Scientists last week at Bowery Ballroom. What began with calls from the audience, demanding identification (“Who are you?”) and yells for the headliners, ended with a cheerful approbation. Rewards was a pleasant surprise; an artist (Aaron Pfenning) who knows how to command a stage, provide ambiance and direct the crowd in his direction. Part Peter Murphy. Part Simple Minds and heavy on the base and discordant sounds.