Mother nature’s been in a bitchy mood for a while now, and while things don’t seem to be warming up outside, it was a hot box inside a jammed Mercury Lounge on Wednesday for Wardell’s album release show. The five-piece build around strong and independent guitar tones and seductive cocktail lounge vocals coming from the brother and sister tag team.
There’s a cool, nonchalant swagger to Wardell’s style. They tend to stay away from that traditional 4/4 rhythm and go more for their own style that is a mix of flavorful indie pop. The band went though an hour-long set of tunes off their new album Love / Idleness, starting out with “Opossum” and “Dancing On The Freeway” the band slowed it down with a 50s rock throwback style in “Waters” and the seductive “Act My Age.”
You could hear specific influences throughout the set, however the core sound of the group is no one in the band particularly, but rather their own style and sound they present together. It’s that strong and unique signature sound that seems to have the group as popular as they are, not just anyone can jam pack Mercury Lounge on a rather chilly Wednesday night like Wardell.
Article by: Tom Shackleford
Photos by: Shayne Hanley