[TOUR DIARY] New York: Part II
We woke up Thursday still buzzing off of White Denim's set. The day began with a late afternoon performance by Wild Cub at Pianos. They played to a packed house of enthusiastic fans; the band's performance was fuelled from the energy of the crowd. We had heard of Wild Cub through their buzz at this year's SXSW set, and have been eager to see them ever since. The Nashville 5-piece is most famously recognised for their upbeat single, "Thunder Clatter."
Holychild were next up at Pianos. Having not heard of them before, we stayed for the first half of their set. Front-woman, Liz Nistico leads the band with her charisma and charm, although unfortunately it was a bit too overplayed for our liking. The tracks, "Happy With Me" and "Playboy Girl" are catchy and worth a listen; although we prefer to enjoy them via Soundcloud rather than live.
Our new friends, Wild Moccasins as well as the talented folks we stayed with in Austin; Megafauna, were both playing at the 'Texas Takeover' showcase at Tammany Hall. Wild Moccasins are lead by Zahira Gutierrez. Her stage presence and eccentric personality makes the band the force that they are. Her vocal abilities and creative style are unique and memorable -- this was a breakout performance that we can't wait to see again in the future. The Houston band's sound has recently caught the attention of New West Records and landed them support dates for Of Montreal. Dani of Megafana shreds on her electric guitar whilst maintaining strong vocals. The Austin band played an impressively tight set and once again, managed to wow the crowd with Dani's several abilities as front-woman.
We grabbed some
grub and headed over to The Music Hall of Williamsburg to see one of
our SXSW highlight's, PAPA. We seemed to be among the most eager of
attendees in the crowd -- dancing and knowing nearly all of the lyrics. Possibly this is due to the fact that we are both CA residents, but mainly because PAPA is one of our favorite bands. We supposed it didn't help that the rest of the audience was only there to see The Head and the Heart play after.
Darren Weiss (former drummer of 'Girls') was at his best and was responsible for making the show one of our CMJ highlights. Weiss expressed that the band had experienced one of the most traumatic days since their formation. This fuelled their energy and audience engagement; producing for one of their most impressive performances yet. They played a lot of material from their debut album, 'Tender Madness' (out now via Republic Records). Papa's raw energy and sarcastic attitude is something we understand and empathise with, only furthering our appreciation for them.
We rushed back to Manhattan to see Dan Croll at the Mercury Lounge. The band proved they have a lot of material to sustain their momentum apart from their breakout hit, "From Nowhere." They performed an almost perfect set -- rich in acoustics, banter and engagement. Their set contained a healthy balance of dance-heavy and soothing acoustic songs.
Afterwards, we managed to catch the remainder of Real Estate's set at the Bowery Ballroom. Their cute backdrop of a starry sky and the amount of Erlend Øye style glasses present on stage almost resembled something that should have been a school talent show on Napoleon Dynamite.
We ended up the evening at Santos, where we met up with Neil of Don't Need No Melody in time for Little Daylight's "Name In Lights". The bands set was high energy, and had the whole audience dancing along (us three included) - the perfect end to a music-filled day.