“You’re better than U2!” someone shouted out from the jam-packed crowd at the Bowery Ballroom, predominately made of love-struck 30-year-old women and the few men brave enough to compete with the budding rockstars on stage- Reeve Carney and co. The band’s performance this past Monday night at the Bowery Ballroom was their first real gig in four months, as they all have been working “eight nights a week” on Broadway’s infamous Spider-Man musical, Turn Off the Dark. It was clear the band was anxious to get back to performing their own tunes and the crowd was just as excited to sing along. There’s no doubt that the boys are talented; craftily blending catchy pop infused with the ever-present classic rock inspired whaling guitar solos. Carney’s set started off strong with crowd favorites, “Resurrection” (showcasing a lusty immediacy behind the vocals and a driving guitar) and “Not In Love” (a lively affair of wild drums and yelping), which had women not only singing along to every word but also wiping away tears of admiration(I am not kidding). Later on, the band debuted a few new tracks, such as the gentler rolling rock of “Joan of Arc”, all of which were well-received, proving their potential to release a successful sophomore album is not contingent on Spidey.