Thursday, November 14, 2013

{RECAP} x ambassadors

Last night I grabbed my earplugs and headed down the road to Rock N Roll Hotel to catch Brooklyn-based band X Ambassadors.

I knew little about the band before catching their live show, but right off the bat the band had my attention. Lead singer Sam was rocking the same backwards hat and NY-cool vibe as Autre Ne Veut (the last band I saw a Rock N Roll) and while he didn’t have the same sexy falsetto, he more than overcame that with his confident rock ‘n roll vocals and dance moves that make the hip swaying of Walk the Moon’s Nicholas look G-rated. Even more impressive that those hips that would make Elvis blush was the fact that band keyboardist Casey (and Sam’s brother) is blind and by far had the best dance moves of the show -- those are some serious entertaining genes.

The band played songs off their recently released EP Love Songs Drug Songs, including “Stanger,” that evoked the triumphant rock vibes of Imagine Dragons. (Editor’s Note: This conclusion was further supported by the fact that there was an older gentleman at the front of the stage vibin’ out and rocking an Imagine Dragons concert tee. Music blogger for the win!)

Their solid set was a great change of pace from the synth pop-focused shows we’ve been to recently and I just about died when they broke out a saxophone halfway through their set. I then went into cardiac arrest when they began to loop said saxophone. (I swear, I go weak in the knees for saxophones and looping pedals and the two combined is my newly discovered kryptonite). I thankfully recovered in time to enjoy their awesome single “Unconsolable.”

(Aren't they all so cute?! And by they, I'm defintiely including that tiny red piano. I WANT.)

Next Up: Stacey catches our recent interviewees Ha Ha Tonka in Philly on Friday!

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