[TOUR DIARY] New York Part III
Benjamin Franklin once said "There will be plenty of time to sleep once you are dead". I honestly cannot think of a quote that could more adequately sum up our last couple of days/nights in New York. I suppose we should have expected this in the city that never sleeps.
Friday began bright and early with a non-CMJ related activity, a job interview (successful, if you might ask). Following the professional demeanour of the early morning, we headed over to the press & artist lounge to recoup, down some coffee and stare dreamily out the window at the view of the New York skyline thinking "Yes, this is all just a strange dream".
There we bonded with Ryan of Seattle band Grizzled Mighty over being hungover and how to feign professionalism whilst trying to function on minimal sleep (I'm sure we briefly spoke about music too...). We also chatted to Jeb Colwell of the band Colwell about how CMJ benefits him as a musician. He was going to see Aly Tadros perform at the Rockwood Music Hall as they had discussed collaborating on a project during a music workshop the day before, so we decided to join him. There we were introduced to Nashville singer-songwriter Levi Weaver as well as meeting Aly herself.
Next, (after briefly catching the end of Hermitude) we headed over to Piano's to see denim-clad Canadian outfit, Poor Young Things put on an entertaining set. Their indie rock sound was complimented by jokes and a whole lot of personality; overall it was an enjoyable and exciting introduction to the band. They ended with a rendition of MGMT's 'Electric Feel' as Dave guitar solo-ed his way in to the audience. Afterwards we grabbed a beer with the guys, who can keep up with our banter and hold a conversation, which helps us like them even more.
They played to a packed audience and won the hearts of those passing by. This was their last performance of the festival before heading back to the UK, and they made sure to make it a memorable one. Their electronic base fused with rock overtones makes for a unique and enjoyable sound. This unique blend has spawned the attention of the music industry and with the recent release of their album, we hope the attention continues to spread.
Afterwards, we stopped in to a charming restaurant stroke jazz bar in Williamsburg for a quintessential New York experience and refreshing break from the marathon that is CMJ. We ended the night by stopping in at Brooklyn Bowl, to have beers and a chat with Duologue bassist; Ross Stone and Co.
Saturday was spent exploring Williamsburg and saying farewell to the Big Apple. That night we wound up at the Fader Fort event held at the Converse Rubber Tracks recording studio in Brooklyn. After some shameful crump-dance fights we decided it was time to end the journey in a New York Diner; with a perfectly romantic, sentimental, and definitely memorable 2am farewell meal.
New York - it's not over. We'll be back for you.