Last weekend, 25 musicians from all over New York City convened at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory with a remarkable purpose in mind. Randomly drawing names from a hat, they formed ten impromptu supergroups and were given one day to write and rehearse a set all-new musical material. Twelve hours later, five groups returned to the venue armed with handfuls of scrappy new tunes and some truly ridiculous band names.

The Rock Lottery, which is on its third year in Brooklyn but has been going on around the country since 1997, aims to inspire off-the-cuff musical creativity while promoting a worthwhile cause–this year, all proceeds from Saturday night’s performance were donated to the Rockaway Renegades, a direct-action hurricane relief organization.

This year saw current and former members of My Morning Jacket, Yuck, Javelin, and the Hold Steady among many other bands participating. Jeff Goldbloom (misspelling intentional), our favorite new band of the lot, featured members of VHS or Beta, Mr. Dream, Gold Lake, and Yvette. We stopped by their rehearsal space an hour after the members first met, and they already sounded like a cohesive unit that had been playing together for ages.

(B Cam: Irina Dvalidze/ANIMALNewYork)
(A Cam/Edit: Joseph Schulhoff/ANIMALNewYork)