Remember when El Paso was cool? They’re back.

Remember this story I posted back in March about that El Paso band Cigarettes After Sex that achieved internet stardom and then sold out a show in Brooklyn?

This is from the story that appeared on

It’s Sunday night at Baby’s All Right and the little venue is packed with people sitting cross-legged on the floor under the pink and blue lights. Suddenly, the stage door swings open and four men walk calmly to the stage. The audience stands up in a wave, wide-eyed and attentive, but no one cheers. The singer takes the microphone and begins his set. Between songs, he repeats the gratuitous sentiment: “Thank you all for coming out tonight…,” a tell that he’s nervous, but the crowd doesn’t seem to notice. They stand transfixed.

The band is Cigarettes After Sex, and the singer is Greg Gonzalez, a recent Brooklyn transplant from El Paso, Texas. He’s had this band since 2008, but after several metamorphoses in style, reaching what they currently describe as “ambient-pop,” the band released its first EP, I., in 2012, where it lay dormant until just a few months ago when it suddenly blew up online. This show at Baby’s is the first he’s played since amassing millions of views online, as well as being the first sold-out show he’s ever played.

Well, Cigarettes After Sex is playing tomorrow night at Lowbrow, so put on your skinny jeans and hop on your fixie and grow out your facial hair and enjoy the show while you swill your PBRs. Then post it to Instagram with ironic quotes about how they used to be better.

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