British independent label, 4AD hosted its state-side showcase at Irving Plaza on Wednesday night. “The Revue” highlighted the label’s most recent additions with performances by The Lemon Twigs, Methyl Ethel and Pixx.
Chipstead local Hannah Rodgers, who goes by “Pixx,” opened the show with a folk-electronic dance party. The crowd was impressed with her mix of reverby guitars, tweaking beats and tropical house vibes. Her sound is often compared to FKA Twigs and label-mate, Grimes, but her whimsical vocals and instrumentation add a refreshing element that differentiates her from those comparisons. Pixx released her debut EP in August 2015 and her new single “Grip” on September 21st.
Western Australia has produced another noteworthy outfit. Methyl Ethel, the trio led by guitarist/vocalist Jake Webb, presents insightful lyrics wrapped in dream-pop. The outfit played songs off of their recent album, Oh Inhuman Spectacle. Webb’s calming melodies and their dripping synth lure you in to an atmospheric trance. The crowd and group were completely immersed in the music as Methyl Ethel played through warnings that their time was up. The group, who has previously toured with Sunbeam Sound Machine and Courtney Barnett, are currently on their World Tour and will be in the U.S. and Canada through early November.
The Lemon Twigs closed out The Revue. The pop-child of teenage brothers Brian and Michael D’Addario from Hicksville, Long Island is a modern twist to psychedelic rock. The four-piece donned retro looks while Brian and Michael swapped on vocal duty. The members fed off each other’s energy and by osmosis, so did the crowd. Their sound is experimental, but reminiscent of greats like Queen, The Beatles and Badfinger. Have a listen to their debut album, Do Hollywood, which is out on October 14th.
Article: Alx Bear