With Halloween just a few days away, we started celebrating our warm Friday night at Webster Hall – adorned with spider webs and sultry red lights, we’d couldn’t ask for a better night to close out the long work week.
Going into Webster Hall is like revisiting old friends you can’t wait to catch up with over drinks and reminiscence about all the shenanigans. Weathers was the first band on the list to impress – as they walked onstage the crowd went wild and we certainly can’t blame them. Weathers’ lead singer, Cameron Boyer was all decked out in a gorgeous, vintage fur coat. Weathers has an amazing and wild presence that will keep you on your toes. Singing their renowned “Happy Pills” and “I Don’t Wanna Know” were incredible songs that everyone sang along to. They happily introduced their new drummer who had an unhinged drum solo. Weathers is incredibly charming and will win you over from the start – with high air kicks and lying on the stage floor, you don’t know what to expect.
Right before Saint Motel, Hippo Campus took the the stage – with a catchy, offbeat name, they kept the crowd upbeat and dancing. Their sound has an eclectic but refreshing sound of indie rock with some hints of surf rock. They played songs of their EP titled South and new songs like “Boyish,”which is going viral on Spotify. Hippo Campus hails from St. Paul, Minnesota and have been playing together since 2013. These guys are both national and international – signed to Grand Jury Records in the good ol’ US and Transgressive Records in the UK. Their sound is reminiscent of the last days of summer – upbeat and welcoming something new.
LA based band, Saint Motel has been on everyone’s Spotify at least once or twice because of their sensational and can’t help but dance to “My Type,” which was included in the very popular sports video game FIFA 15 and they’ve been making their mark ever since. Their background onstage was decorated with their second full length album saintmotelevision – the silhouette of a stunning woman taking the plunge into a television shaped pool.
Saint Motel began their set with a classic, old school TV set playing random channels and began what was probably one of the most packed shows I’ve ever been to at Webster. Playing songs from their new album like “You Can Be You” a beautiful, uplifting song all about self acceptance and having hope in tough times. Lead singer, A/J Jackson climbed on top of the tv and have the crowd sing their arms in the same motion as he belted each lyric. Saint Motel has a very unique sound and presence, if you visit their YouTube page, each video holds a sweet surprise that contains a “360 virtual experience” that goes along with song – go experience it for yourself.
Going through the crowd is my favorite part of the night because you get to see people of all ages really enjoy themselves and everyone was dancing and singing along as they played their fan favorites, such as “Move” also is in FIFA 17 and “Benny Goodman.” Pink heart- shaped balloons dropped from the ceiling as they closed the high energy set – we didn’t want it to end but it was the perfect way to end the week.
From beginning to end, we couldn’t ask for a better night than Friday – from singing along until we lost our voices to dancing the night away.
Article: Karen Silva
Photos: Alx Bear