Oh comic books how I love you so.
Full of action! amazing characters! and youâ€¦have absolutely nothing to do with CMJ
Well a journalist has to keep himself occupied. Day three of CMJ is a more relaxed/low pace day for us journalists. Most events happening arenâ€™t until the wee hours of the night, most being of the indie variety as well. Iâ€™d say this is due to the fact that both Friday and Saturday (the last two days of the marathon in fact) will be insanely hectic due to the showcases of concerts going all day around!
So with that in mind I definitely wanted to have a low key night. And what better way than to visit (le) Poisson Rouge
(The Red Poison in French) located on Bleeker Street in downtown NYC.
Once inside I noticed the area was much more spacious than I anticipated but despite this the venue still designated a very intimate feel. Once the bands took the stage it was nice to know that the feeling was mutual from the performers and audiences point of views.
The first band to take the stage were Danish natives, Choir of Young Believers. This band has been gaining much attention throughout the festival and once the strings began it would have felt criminal for them not to receive said attention. They were a subtle yet powerful blend of coffee house rock blended with folk qualities. By the time the third song finished the relaxed mood throughout the venue was nearly tangible.
Next up were duo Via Tania, who took little to no time getting started. Right off the bat I thought of Bat For Lashes, but vocalist/guitar player Tania Bowers charmed the crowd instantly with her Australian accent, promising everyone that they were in for one of the most special performances the marathon had to offer. Once again the fusion of indie and folk were apparent, but this time around they were laced with light synths and Bowers’ vocals, which would range from very high to very deep, never did she settle for something between the two.
Now what followed next was a surprise that youâ€™d imagine being out of place, but due to the relaxing mood and overall open mind set that CMJ bestows on people, allowed Japanese import to take the stage with confident grinds.Â Using the guitar chords to follow the drum patterns in a streamline and relying on the venue’s acoustics to give the instruments a highly ambient feel left the group hailed with thunderous applause after each song finished.
The last group to play for the crowd were an all female indie group known as Warpaint, who were such an anticipated act even guys in panda suits came to see them!
Despite being comprised of all females,â€œgirl power this!â€ or â€œgirl power that!â€ was not a part of their resume.Â The band members were having such a good time playing that theyâ€™d deviate away from their microphones just to start jamming.
Completely embracing what CMJ is all about; The music and the people.