Dozens of pale pink balloons floated around Mercury Lounge the night of High Waisted’s album release party. The surf rockers of High Waisted always know how to throw a good party and that night wasn’t an exception.
Their friends in the band The Teen Age opened the show with an energetic set that got the crowd moving and warmed up for the main event. Their energy was infectious making them a great opener for what was going to be a high-energy night.
High Waisted took the stage all donned in white. Jess’s ostrich feather trimmed dress and Stephen’s fringe vest (both designed by their friend Jamie McCarty) twirled their way through their set. When you hear Jess’s perfectly pure sounding voice, you would think that the band would be quite tame on stage but they are actually quite the opposite. These guys perform like they’re in the middle of a mosh pit at the most metal show you can think of. There was no bit of hair un-whipped and no inch of the stage that wasn’t covered in feathers by the time High Waisted was done with it.
The band played the entirety of they’re debut album, On Ludlow, with such passion and emotion it was like this was the only opportunity they would have to play the songs live so they had to make the best of it.
The obvious favorite among the crowd was “Party in the Back” which caused the entire room to lose themselves in the music and flail every limb on their bodies. Then, there was also my personal favorite, “Door,” which as Jess says, is about being a creep and not having the courage to talk to somebody when you want to. Who doesn’t have a little bit of creepiness in them to be able to relate to this song? Other favorites included “Shanghai Spy” and “Detonate,” because I honestly couldn’t stand still during either.
Between the dancing, crazy good guitar riffs, energetic playing and the way that the band interacted with each other on stage, I didn’t think that it could get any better. That was until Jess jumped off stage, nearly tripped over me trying to get a photo, and fell to the ground still playing her guitar and looking like the fairy godmother of surf-rock that she is.
Article: Merissa Blitz