The Los Angles based, by way of Tokyo, artist Bishop Briggs kicked off her first headlining tour in April. And all we could say was “it’s about time.“ Bishop Briggs has captured audiences with her booming vocals and gripping performances. On Tuesday night she played the first of two sold out shows in New York.
Manatee Commune (a.k.a. Grant Eddie) opened the night at Bowery Ballroom. On stage, he lays rolling electronic vibes and then adds start-and-stop beats to create a melodic atmosphere for listeners. At times he plays the violin and then at other times he beats the drum. All the while, he dances and jerks to the music with the biggest smile on his face.
SHAED followed with a booming set. The Washington, D.C. outfit is known for the electro-soul music that twins Spencer and Max Ernst integrate with lead singer Chelsea Lee’s vocals. The stage was lit with an array of colors and white smoke. The group performed songs off of their 2016 EP and stunned the crowd when they played “Just Wanna See.”
At 10pm, Bishop Briggs welcomed Bowery Ballroom to her dark side. Backed by a three-piece band and a variety of strobes, Briggs stalked the stage like a woman possessed. She performed “The Way I Do,” “The Fire” and “Dead Man’s Arms.” It wasn’t surprising to hear the crowd sing along to her hit single “River,” but to hear the crowd sing most songs off a one-month-old EP was remarkable. When Briggs sings she inspires. Her infectious energy, humble demeanor and the way she loses herself in each performance makes audiences love her.
If you haven’t listened to her dark-pop musings, listen. If you haven’t seen her live, buy a ticket. Bishop Briggs is an artist that will continue to sell out shows and the venue will only get larger. She is on tour through August and will be making appearances at festivals like Lollapalooza, Panorama Music Festival and Reading Festival.
Article: Alx Bear