Birch played Rockwood Music Hall on Tuesday night to a decent sized crowd for a weeknight. It may have drawn a reasonable crowd since it was their single release party for “Halfway,” and also because they’re pretty damn good. The newly formed Brooklyn based band has been busy writing music and getting together their live band. Lead singer Michele Birsky multitasked as she sang and worked the synths. She also switched to guitar at some points during the set. Other band members included guitarist Emma Munger, and bassist Matt Towles along with a drummer whose name we unfortunately didn’t catch.
Before playing a song titled “Windowless,” Birsky told the audience that it was about a time in her life when she was stuck in a windowless room that inevitably drove her crazy. Another song played was said to be about her sister. It’s clear that her lyrics are very personal and reflect different times and situations in her life, giving a glimpse of her inner self through her music.
Birsky’s voice was soft and soothing, but blaring moments later as heavier instrumentals kicked in. Her ability to seamlessly switch her vocal style sets her apart from several other singer-songwriters, even those who have been around for much longer. For a relatively new group, they performed like seasoned professionals. Birch has a bright future ahead of them and we can’t wait to see what they’re up to next.
Article: Ashley Rodriguez