I had never been to Warsaw, the extremely Polish
music venue located in Greenpoint, before, so when I decided to catch Wild Nothing
and Small Black
there, I was pretty excited. I was greeted by extremely friendly faces as I entered the venue around 8:30pm and apart from the regular room, noticed there was a separate room dedicated to drinks and Polish food. Who wouldn't love that?! Clearly, the venue already won my heart, but to make things way better, the music was pretty damn good, too.
Jagjaguwar-signed indie rock band Small Black started off the night on a positive note. Each song felt like it went on forever, but they played those type of groovy songs that you never wanted to end. Simple yet strong drumming patterns were laid down by Jeff Curtin and danceable grooves were put forth by guitarist/keyboardist Ryan Heyner and bassist Juan Pieczanski.
Josh Kolenik was a perfect frontman as he connected with the crowd, getting them to chant and clap. He mentioned how they played Canada just a few days ago, right after Leonard Cohen's death, and spirits were apparently very heavy. "It's like he didn't want to stick around for all this bullshit, so he left at a good time," Kolenik said, referring to the current election. They also kept mentioning that Brooklyn is their home, which brought a true sense of community, like we were all neighbors. Watching Small Black was an uplifting experience in itself.
Virginia-based headliner Wild Nothing was on next and although they didn't talk as much, they continued to spread the positivity with their music. Playing songs from their latest, Life of Pause,
and 2012's Nocturne,
the crowd was, to say the least, pleased. The main man behind the band (or should I say, in front
of the band) Jack Tatum seemed to be cool and calm. His guitar was drenched in a chorus effect, sending sounds similar to Real Estate and Mac Demarco throughout the room.
"You guys might have seen me walking around Brooklyn," Tatum said. "Yeah, McGolrick Park. Love it." Although the country is currently going through a dark time, Wild Nothing did a great job of taking our minds off of it for a bit. With tunes as free-spirited and airy as theirs, there's no way you can't relax when listening. And between Wild Nothing, Small Black, and the intimate little venue, all of the immediate, hometown love was comforting and very much needed.