Now, we're talking, a local band that is worth your time. I'm sure, you're thinking the same thing I am. The New York music is crowded. It seems five rookie bands pop-up every day. After a while, they all bleed together and sound the same. My friends, I'm here to offer relief from your 80s obsessed, day-glo colors, scenester Brooklyn bands. It's MS MR, who I wrote about a few weeks ago when they released their first single, "Hurricane." They are legit, and I usually hate most new New York bands. I saw them perform on Friday at Glasslands, which is their fifth live appearance as a band. Give them a more months to build up their audience and you'll see that they will be worthy of representing NYC.
Any discussion about MS MR (not to be confused with Mr. Mister) must begin with the lead singer. She's got power, she has presence, and hopefully, she has a name. I think it's Liz, because somebody was shouting that between songs. Anyway, not only is her voice deep, clear, soulful and full of energy, she emits a positive vibe on stage -- grooving along, smiling at everyone and rocking some serious threads. It's not like she's trying to hard for everybody to like her, she just owns that stage.
The music is a great compliment to her voice. You have some heavy, slow thundering dance beats and bright synth parts backing her beautiful voice. The comparisons to Bat for Lashes and Florence + the Machine will be inevitable, but you figure, if the music moves you, then who cares who else is sounds like? Other tunes include the piano and strings-laden "Bones" and the rave-up "Ash Tree Lane".
To think they are just starting makes it more exciting. You should see them ASAP before they are beaten down by the music over-hyped machine. They are on their way to the UK to open for one of my artists to watch in 2012 Foe at London's Birthday on the 13th and then to Camden Barfly the next day. After that, they embark on their first cross country trip when they open up for Marina & the Diamonds. Last time Marina toured the U.S., Young the Giant opened up, and now they are like huge. Marina might have a sixth sense in spotting talent.