“Let’s not be hi/bye friends, okay?” asks Aaron Maine, better known as Porches, Friday night at Bowery Ballroom. Earning a healthy round of applause from the sold-out crowd brimming with people of all ages, the band played a seamless set of songs from his albums 2016’s Pool, and 2013’s Slow Dance in the Cosmos. Having just been exposed to many of the songs off of “Pool” quite recently, I was impressed by how spot-on the songs sounded to the record. One might attribute it to the copious use of auto-tune for the vocals, but the instrumentation was equally as impressive.
Maine’s banter and stage presence came across awkward, yet endearing. Simple comments and introductions to songs took on an air of comedy that wasn’t “try hard” or out of place. Addressing the crowd again, he asked for everyone to “go crazy” to another upbeat number “Be Apart,” many people broke out into their best dance moves, pushing everyone to and fro for the entirety of the song. The show seemed to start off as a slow burn and intensified, leaving everyone wishing for one or even ten more songs.
Overall, there’s something very relatable about Porches music that reached everyone in the room that night. We all know the tale of the awkward, possible ugly-duckling that didn’t quite fit into the popular groups in high school, but Maine’s music has progressed to the stage of “hey look at me now, not so awkward anymore, right?”
Before Porches, Your Friend opened with a short but sweet set, who we interviewed recently and can be seen here.
Article: Lesley Keller