For an unexpectedly warm Wednesday night, the streets of Lower East Side were eerily calm and quiet, but the opposite could have been said of Pianos. The cozy bar that’s like our second home has fantastic bartenders and drinks – how would we possibly want to go home?
The night began with the amazing melting pot of sounds of ohnomoon, which can best described as “distorted, shoegaze indie pop.” Ohnomoon has a very charming presence onstage along with a very trippy visual projection playing in the background which fed more into their transcending performance. Kat Lee’s voice is hauntingly alluring and becomes onto something more complex than words can possibly describe. The one song that definitely has been on repeat since seeing them is “Low,” a perfect example of their badass, distorted sound. Ohnomoon released their EP this past March, that was funded by an indiegogo campaign that they launched in 2014 and surpassed way before the deadline. The debut EP, VVV, was recorded all over New York City. At the end of their set, the crowd starting screaming and hollering for another encore and I definitely don’t blame them.
A huge thank you to the DJ who was playing disco funk songs in between bands, it was a fantastic change up and had the crowd dancing along to Prince tunes while they waited.
From an ambient set up, the stage’s lighting changed to a burgundy red as Telegraph Canyon were getting ready to play. Telegraph Canyon is a dynamic rock band whose songs range from folk to indie rock and hail from Forth Worth, Texas; known for being one of the top 10 music scenes in the U.S. Their set was beyond lively, accompanied with sweet violin sounds and smooth yet grungy guitar riffs. There’s something about this band that makes me think of carefree summer days. “Mantle” from their album You From Before is definitely that song that’ll loosen you up and put a smile upon your face. There’s no way you can stay still during this song. Canyon’s songs are very diverse from energetic and intricate to a softer Americana sound; it’s interesting to see the transitions between each one. Despite their history of high and lows, this is the type of band that wins you over from start to finish and has unsparingly put their everything into these songs.
Article: Karen Silva
Photos: Hannah Soule