Heading down to the Lower East Side see Los Angeles band Heathers at Elvis Guesthouse, I nearly missed the place entirely. Two surly looking bouncers clad in black stood outside the unmarked set of steps, and gave a curt nod when I asked if I was in the right place. Walking through the doors on the lower level, I was surprised at what I saw – a small, but thoughtfully laid out place, with a lively bar full of patrons and a small stage near the back.
While the dimly lit room filled in as Heathers sound checked, I was looking forward to their fuzzy, indie rock offerings. Admittedly, I scoured the internet before the show, and laughed at the photos I found of them wearing dresses of varying floral designs, but the guys were all pants and all business as they got to work on-stage. Lead singer/guitarist/songwriter Michael Francis belted out song after song, seemingly unfazed by the close proximity of the crowd right at the foot of the stage. Bassist Thom Lucero added structure to their sound while wild animal drummer Michael Wegner went full on balls to the wall on his kit.
Working their way through their discography, including “Tanker,” the band built up quite a following in a short period of time, with multiple requests for “1 MORE SONG” bellowed out at the end of their set. Playing a short but sweet set, leaving everyone wanting more, we can only hope the band makes their way back to NYC again soon.
Article: Lesley Keller