Not sure if it was the nostaglic feeling in the air, but it’s a tell-tale sign that your band put out a good album if they can sell out a venue on it’s 10th anniversary two consecutive nights in a row. Cartel embarked on their tour performing Chroma in it’s entirety. I had previously seen the full album played at South By So What festival. The crowd was massive at that time, so I had a feeling this would be the same thing in New York. Tickets for this tour sold out in a few states when it was announced and every once in a while, I catch myself thinking of the opening chords to “Honestly” (crazy).
Indie rock band hailing from Dallas, Texas, TEAM performed a small set mostly with songs off their recently released album Good Morning Bad Day. Lead singer/guitarist Caleb Turman made the performance interesting and fun laying on the stage kicking out guitar rifts. They are definitely a band to watch in the coming months, playing draped in a mixture of red and blue lighting taking breaks to find out what the crowd was drinking.
Next up was Ohio band, Hit The Lights. They released a new album called Summer Bones which is more a return to roots composition and songs like “Fucked Up Kids” and “Life On The Bottom” sounded pretty good live compared to the album. During their set, some fans were chanting “Bodybag”, a song off of their first album, This Is a Stick Up… Don’t Make It a Murder. The band obliged and performed it ending their set.
Last, but not least, Cartel came out playing “Say Anything (Else)” with flashing lights that came when the big guitar chords were played. Fans sung in unison as lead singer/bassist Will Pugh sung the chorus. I had revisited the album prior to attending the show and almost forgot the one-two punch that “Say Anything (Else)” and “Honestly” had as opening tracks.
“Did anybody come out to the first show or watched the Yahoo stream? Then that means we spoiled your dinner” Will Pugh said to a crowd that was half younger kids and some who were younger when the album initially came out.
It’s hard to believe that the band has been around for 10 years, but their overall performance was youthful with a mix of veteran tightness. For most of the night, the fans echoed every song for the hour and a half that the band played. I hope that the band is working on new material, as it’s good to see them back in the fold.