When I saw all three of these bands announce they would be going on tour together and making a stop in Columbus at the LC Pavilion, I immediately jumped on the opportunity.
As I walked into the LC after making the drive up from Athens, I was originally surprised by the amount of people that were there. It wasn’t a sold out show and the doors opened around 6, but there was still a lot of room in the pit area. We weren’t up front, but it was still a great spot (the only downside was the fact that we were right by the speakers).
As I stood there and waited, the venue began to fill up slowly. Bodies began pushing closer to the front of the pit and I soon found myself unable to move…oh well. Welcome to concerts.
First up was CRUISR, an indie pop band straight out of Philly consisting of Andy States, Jon Van Dine, Kyle Cook, and Bruno Catrambone.
Fun fact: drummer Jon Van Dine actually grew up in Columbus, which made the performance that much more awesome.
I had the chance to see CRUISR back in June at The Basement and they blew me away with their performance. The Basement is an extremely small and intimate venue that made everything 10X better, but getting to see them once more on a bigger stage with a bigger audience made me ecstatic to have the chance to see them once again. The band had the same energy they had demonstrated at The Basement, only this time there was a lot more dancing and a lot more opportunities to warm up the crowd.
CRUISR played songs off of all three EPs: 2014’s All Over and 2015’s Go For It and Throw Shade. They started the night off with “Moving to Neptune”, a track which was released a month or so ago. The minute States began crooning the catchy, feel-good lyrics the crowd was hooked. People were jamming along to hits like “Go For It” and their catchy (and my personal favorite) “Throw Shade”.
What I love about this band is the energy and the amount of fun they have on stage. There isn’t a moment where the members don’t connect with the audience and ensure the crowd has a good time. I love it.
I’m honestly not sure how many people knew who CRUISR was, but I’m positive they gained a larger following after their set. The band closed their set off with their provocative yet fun track “Kidnap Me”. CRUISR blew my expectations away the second time, and I’m really glad I got the opportunity to see them live yet again.
You can check out my new favorite track by them, “Throw Shade”, below.
Next up is a rising indie rock band who doesn’t shy away from loud and catchy choruses and guitar riffs that leave your ears ringing.
WATERS, a band out of California, first caught my attention while opening for Magic Man and Smallpools last year. At that time all they had released (minus their obscure first album Out in the Light) was an EP titled It All Might Be Ok which included the hits “Got To My Head” and “I Feel Everything”.
The band captivated me with their energy which reminded me of a pop-ier version of Cage the Elephant.
Fast forward a year and I once again get the chance to see them, only this time they have a bit more to go off of. Their sophomore record What’s Real released back in April, and they made sure to play a few tracks off of the album like “Mom & Dads”, “Stupid Games”, “Rebel Yell”, and more.
Once again the band showed me what got me into them in the first place. Keyboardist Sara DeMert jammed out and threw flowers into the crowd (which seemed to be the theme the band tried to pursue) while acting with so much energy that at one point she reminded me of Grouplove’s Hannah Hooper.
Lead vocalist Van Pierszalowski was jumping around on stage like no tomorrow and you better believe he got the crowd jumping along too. Towards the end of the set, Pierszalowski paused for a second to give a small intro into the next song they would play.
“We know all the lyrics to this song and we’re pretty sure you all know the lyrics too so let’s sing to each other.”
They sang a rock-tinged cover of Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball”. Yes, you read that correctly.
The crowd immediately woke up, singing the lyrics at the top of their lungs and dancing along to the track that had gone viral a year or two ago. The cover was a surprise, but the way the band twisted it around to form their distinct style was great to witness.
WATERS closed their set with the classic sing-alongs “I Feel Everything” and “Got To My Head”. The venue was practically shaking with the screams of every audience member, it was kick ass, loud, and amazing.
You can check out (one) of my favorites below!
And now the band that filled the venue with fantastic covers, trumpets and saxophone melodies, unique bass drum rhythms, and vocals that gave me goosebumps instantly.
Misterwives (once again) put on a fantastic performance, blowing me away with renditions of The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face”, Michael Jackson’s “P.Y.T.”, and even Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”.
Half way through the high energy, up-tempo set lead vocalist Mandy Lee sat down on the edge of the stage to give the audience a beautiful acoustic version of “Coffins”, but not without adding in another surprise. Lee mashed up “Coffins” with the Dixie Chicks/Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide”…as you could imagine it left me completely speechless. This is what got me into the band in the first place, their eccentric and upbeat attitude is infectious. Everyone in that venue at the end of the night was drenched in sweat from all the dancing and were left with no voice left.
Misterwives started their set with “Best I Can Do”…everything after that was history. They hit almost every song off of their debut album Our Own House which released earlier this year. Mandy Lee’s unique vocals filled the venue, and I’m telling you…her vocals are nothing to undermine. The power she has to tell so many personal stories through her music is absolutely amazing. For a band that’s relatively new, they have exactly what it takes to captivate audiences new and old.
Misterwives may have given a great performance, but they didn’t hold back from addressing issues that are a huge focus in our society today. A few songs in Mandy Lee talked about gender equality and how the power of music can connect anyone regardless of their race, ethnicity, etc. It was kick ass, and a wonderful message to convey to a large crowd.
Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end.
Misterwives closed the night off with Whitney’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” while also pulling someone from the crowd and having them dance on stage. Misterwives blew the roof off of the LC Pavilion and truly gave me and the audience a performance that would be hard to forget.
Check out one of my favorite tracks below and if you get the opportunity to see these guys live, DEFINITELY do so. You won’t regret it.