“Lose yourself in lights/ And we’ll always have tonight.” The opening lyrics of The Crookes’ closing song “Afterglow” summed up their performance at Highline Ballroom. The Sheffield quartet took attendees on a whimsical journey that was full of euphoria and escape.
The indie outfit opened with the somber, “Where Did Our Love Go?”- a track that memorializes an idealized and naïve love. Before the gloom could settle in the audience, Daniel Hopewll and Tom Dakin pivoted to aggressive guitar play for the band’s inspirational track, “The World is Waiting.”
The set list, like the songs, was artfully crafted. George Waite’s vocals pulled you in close, but the tempo and lively drum beats from Adam Crofts inspired you to move. If you’re not paying attention to Hopewell’s lyrics you may think one song is about celebrating, when the narrator is really in mourning. The Crookes played the majority of the tracks from their fourth LP, Lucky Ones, and threw in some classics from Hold Fast.
Geographer closed out the night with an electronic and multi-instrument heavy set. Michael Deni, who performers under the moniker with his San Francisco based band, has developed a strong east coast following. The packed audience knew every track off of his new album, Ghost Modern and often shouted out the songs once the first notes were played.
Geographer has been stereotyped as a synth-happy artist, but his new album reveals an evolution in his music. He relies more on instrumentation, like the electronic violin of Joyce Lee and guitar of Duncan Nielsen to layer his tracks so they are rich as his lyrics. Synth sounds and electric keyboards augment the strong beats that Cody Rhodes plays on the drums, while ensuring that the album is brooding and sexy.
Article: Alx Bear