Mondo.NYC | Echoic, Kris Angelis and more...
Mondo NYC concluded its final night with a showcase at multi stage venue The Bowery Electric in downtown NYC. Though I found myself questioning whether I was in USA or back in England - as the line up was heavy with English bands!
My highlight of the night was Reading based band Echoic who flew over to NYC especially for this showcase, performing in the Bowery's upstairs Map Room. As well as the Bowery, they performed earlier in the week packing out The Cake Shop, and also took part in a Mondo Live Acoustic Session. These guys are the most exciting independent indie band I have seen in a long time, their youthful energy not taking away from their high standard of music. Their new single 'Messed Up Smiles' is my favourite song, and drummer Kera has some of the best rhythms ever! Vocalist Connor, who's responsible for most of the band's writing, has such a wonderful stage presence too, you can't help but smile watching these guys. No wonder they packed out the place! Just saw Echoic perform in Leeds last week again, and they're still strong as ever!
Speaking of Leeds, performing directly after was Leeds local band (yes we're still in NYC...), Where Fires Are. A highly artistic band that has more to them than just their music, something I always find highly interesting to watch on stage, between their Kiss inspired make up, shirtless performance and body thrashing on stage, this rock band definitely fit the NYC vibe. It was great to see a Leeds band have such an outgoing stage presence, overflowing with adrenaline that makes a gig that much more exciting for a new audience. To entice a brand new audience in a brand new country is definitely a challenge but these guys didn't fall short of achieving this.
Of course we did see some American artists, where Kris Angelis opened the night. Performing with her twin, Alix, the sisters really brought the audience a folk-pop combo vibe, which once again, was such a new approach to music I really loved the originality.
Republic of Wolves headlined in the Main Room that night at the Bowery. After hearing the singer talk in a panel earlier that day, getting involved with the full Mondo experience, I was too curious not to check them out, and I certainly wasn't disappointed! The Republic of Wolves are an indie rock band, but they're kinda cooler because there are so many of them on stage, creating an amazingly grand sound.
That's all for Mondo NYC coverage. Mondo stars Echoic and Kathryn Gallagher with whom we featured an interview with last week will both be playing at Concentus Music Live in January, as well as a Mondo NYC radio show coming soon featuring interviews with more artists than you could possibly imagine!