John Maus has been out of the picture for nearly all of this decade, with his last album We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves released all the way back in 2011.

He’s set to release his comeback album Screen Memories on October 27 via Ribbon Music and has been playing a small set of intimate dates to share some of the new songs and get his feet wet again performing some older material.

This included a very sold out performance at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn on August 18. This was my first time catching Maus live, something long overdue. But getting to see him perform at a spot like Baby’s was a perfect setting, as his manic in-your-face energy was a thing to behold, with passionate screams and a rise of arms that created a primal connection with the entire audience.

He now plays with a live band which I can only imagine made a big difference from his solo performance days and the mix of new songs that we heard with the old fit in nicely. It was all kinds of hot and sweaty and Baby’s that night and I’m sure that was the way that Maus wanted it. He didn’t even utter a word to the audience all night, but instead let his performance do all the talking.

Find photos from his performance posted below, along with opener Gary War.

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