Handsome Ghost, Marian Hill and Misterwives lit up the Music Hall of Williamsburg on Tuesday night with an energetic homecoming. The bands played to a sold out Brooklyn crowd on their second to last stop of the “Our Own House” tour, Misterwives’ first headlining tour.
After a cold, rainy day the crowd was ready for a party and that was exactly what they got. Opener, Handsome Ghost took the stage, captivating the audience with powerful lyrics and an emotional performance. The band, who self-classify as the indie-prom genre (they want you to feel like you’re at prom, but an indie themed prom), had the audience wanting more. After two songs, frontman Tim Noyes spoke to the audience saying, “We’re really happy to be on this tour with Misterwives. We really love them… in a creepy way!” Handsome Ghost surprised the crowd by performing a stripped down cover of the song “Sex” by British indie-rock band, The 1975, before finishing their six song setlist with their hit “Blood Stutter” from Steps, their debut EP.
Next up, Philadelphia based electronic music trio, Marian Hill, took the stage next. They bridged the gap between the slow songs of Handsome Ghost and the crazy party that was about to ensue. After just one song, Marian Hill had the crowd shouting for more. They played a seven song setlist full of sensual saxophone and a bass so heavy you could feel your brain rattling. The trio closed their set with their hit “Got It” from their EP Sway.
As the crowd anxiously awaited the arrival of Misterwives, they spontaneously broke out into a sing-a-long to “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers. Shortly thereafter, the lights dimmed and Misterwives took the stage. With a spotlight on each band member and their hands over their hearts, they recited the opening lines of their title track “Our Own House”. A moment of silence followed before lead singer, Mandy Lee, ripped the microphone from the stand and began dancing across the stage, hands reaching forward to the crowd. Misterwives wasted no time in getting the party started. The band then kicked off the night with a stomp dance that let everyone know they were there to put on a show.
Dancing around flower laced microphones and keyboards, Misterwives maintained their high energy level throughout the show. At one point, Mandy Lee laid her microphone on the stage and proceeded to do push-ups as she asked the crowd, “Who here thinks that society’s standards of women are bullshit?” Which brought a loud roar from the crowd.
After closing out their set with their song “Queens”, dedicated to their hometown, Lee placed her head in her hands and then looked out upon the crowd with a huge smile. She explained how selling out the Music Hall of Williamsburg was a dream come true for the band because “this was a place we all went to, to see our favorite bands, when we were growing up and now we’re selling it out!”.
Returning for an encore, the band mixed things up with Lee behind the drum kit and drummer, Etienne Bowler, taking the lead mic. The band began their cover of Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk”, which had the crowd jumping up and down and singing their hearts out.
Misterwives closed their final hometown show of the tour with their song “Imagination Infatuation”. The strong electric guitar intro and continuous drum beat, had the crowd head bopping and swaying throughout the entire song. The band came together on stage to sing the final words together. It was impossible to not to feel the raw emotion of this band. Misterwives puts their heart and soul into their performance. If you’ve never had a chance to attend one of their shows, make sure to check them out next time they play in your hometown.
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