“Why don’t we all take three steps forward? Things are about to get very intimate you know?” asked Spencer Draeger. The singer/guitarist for electro-indie rockers The Midnight Hollow said very cool and casually before going into their set at Rough Trade on Saturday night. It was fun to hear his deeper and more intimate singing voice rather than his higher and more easygoing vocal style he normally talks with.
The band can easily defined by their trance-rock kind of sound built from strong layers of key synths, bongos, drum machines, and dreamy guitar. As they played songs off their 2014 EP Self-Titled, a packed venue was easily grasping the hypnotic vibes Draeger was giving off.
However don’t get any idea that their music and performance is more easy-going and dreamy, there’s subtle power to the band’s live show. They are a full blown rock band with drummer Andrew Segreti laying down powerful and tactful drumming and Matt Leibowitz bulling through with his own bass riffs holding down the low end to balance Draeger’s timely guitar parts full of chorus effects. It was nice that the lighting guy actually showed up for the last song, their new single “Walls,” but the Midnight Hollow didn’t need any fancy lighting effects to make for an electrifyingly good show.
The Midnight Hollow was nestled between the indie-rock bands; Andy Suzuki & Method and The Stationary Set, which proved to be a great night of music all around and proves Rough Trade NYC is hosting some of the best lineups in the city.
Article by: Tom Shackleford
Photos by: Lesley Keller