[TOUR DIARY] New York: Part I
It's bordering 4am, we're crossing the Brooklyn Bridge in a car that we have managed to successfully transport from New Orleans. We're listening to the soothing falsetto of Isaac Delusion, which accurately describes our mental state, delusional. Partly because we are exhausted and sleep-deprived, but mainly because we are in disbelief with the fact that we have made it to New York -- the purpose of our entire musical pilgrimage.
The night/morning only gets better as we walk into our couchsurfing residence to find 12 sleeping bodies sporadically scattered across the floor. This was the cherry to top our evening, we lost it and broke out into hysterics (but must admit that we were not surprised by the situation).
Tuesday morning greeted us with a Bushwick coffee/email session. Later on, we eagerly picked up our CMJ accreditation and made our way to the Press Launch Party. Walking into the Rivington Hotel and being greeted by its 360 windows overlooking the New York skyline was something of a humbling "aha" moment, symbolic of what we have accomplished. Mingling among the fellow press attendees led us to a member of the AU Review publication. From the party, we all headed to the Brooklyn Bowl to catch the tail-end of Cults and Dale Earnheart Jr. Jr.
Wednesday began with a trip to the press lounge to gather ourselves before interviewing Philli band, The Lawsuits. Having never seen them before, we were exceptionally pleased by their performance at Tammany Hall. We caught Canadian outfit Bear Mountain playing their famously catchy single '2 Step' at Arlene's Grocery, although the rest of their set was slightly underwhelming. Acoustic 4-piece from Maryland, Cotton Jones, couldn't all make it up to Mercury Lounge for their set, so we were treated with the acoustic delights of Michael and Whitney whose vocal harmonies made up for the lack of their remaining band members.
Later, we headed over to the Highline Ballroom to see Au Revoir Simone, who have made a comeback this year with their album 'Move in Spectrums' which they played extensively (bit of a disappointment for Nicola who wanted to hear some of their old stuff and get all nostalgic). We then headed back to the Mercury Lounge to see the highlight of our evening (or the entire festival); White Denim. We arrived to a sold out show, a ruthless bouncer and assumed our position at the back of a seemingly endless line. Our desperation to see the band paid off, we made our way in to the already over-crowded room and joined the crowd of transfixed audience members to have our minds well and truly blown. Throughout our entire musical pilgrimage, we had only heard praises of White Denim, and we felt privileged to finally have the chance to witness this Austin powerhouse live.