CMJ Day 3
The pace of NYC nights has started to get to us, but we’re certainly not complaining. We woke up late and wrote our previous post, and after a couple cups of coffee we planned our night.
First on our list was an Australian group called The Harpoons at Pianos Bar on the Lower East Side. Originally from Melbourne, The Harpoons are a quartet with a booming lead vocalist. Their sound is a mix of indie-electronic with tropical marimba influence. They are very upbeat, and utilized a few home-made marimbas as well as a drum kit and electric piano. What I found most unique about their performance is that although they have an incredibly powerful lead vocalist every single member of the band sang and contributed to the harmony. The band members were incredibly dynamic, often switching roles from base to synth to marimba.
After that wonderful performance we hopped over to Brooklyn to the Hall of Williamsburg to see Wet. Wet is a trio from Brooklyn comprised of two men and a lead female vocalist. Wet has always been one of my favorite groups, and this performance only solidified that. They have a chill, ethereal sound that is provided by the lead singer’s sweet and sincere vocals. She was backed by a lead guitar and an electronic drum kit. Her voice is calming and passionate, and in the live-show she showcased more of her vocal capability by belting parts of songs differently than the tracks. Our main critique involved their entertainment factor, they have all the right components set themselves apart from other groups of a similar style but may want to work on their on-stage energy that is essential to live shows. Despite our one critique it was an incredibly beautiful show, and we were both amazed by their style and vocal abilities.
After a calm concert we were in the mood for a little dancing, so we walked a few blocks over to the Brooklyn club “Verboten” in hopes of seeing Miami Horror. We realized that they weren’t coming on until much later in the night, but we enjoyed ourselves anyway. We stayed a while to jam out with the Dj “Bishiclet”
The dancing continued as we returned to the iconic Brooklyn Bowl to see a DJ set by Questlove. We were excited to see the iconic Roots drummer based on notoriety alone. His set however, was nothing out of the ordinary, as he played popular party tunes from recent decades.
Our last stop of the night was to see Sunbeam Sound Machine, another australian band with a distinct psychedelic sound similar to that of Tame Impala. They played a short set but it was definitely worth attending, Roger and I weren’t very familiar with the group but were thoroughly impressed.