"I Grabbed Kevin Jonas' ass once," said the young girl standing next to me at the front of the stage. "I grabbed all three," replied her friend victoriously. The crowd was decidedly young (and rather large) at the famed Knitting Factory
in Brooklyn. Slated to perform on this chilly winter's eve were Coin
, and Prelow
, the latter of which unfortunately did not make it to the stage.
After a 45-minute delay, Nashville's own Coin stormed the stage and made everyone forget about the wait. They charm-rocked the crowd with the dreamy "Honey," following up with "Holy Ghost." They're a tight live act with a strong rhythm section and groovy feel. The energy was high, even volatile, and by "Fingers Crossed," lead singer Chase Lawrence had dismounted his keyboard and body slammed it to the stage floor. As if wrestling a 200lb. prehistoric alligator, he writhed and twisted with his instrument as guitarist Joe Memmel gracefully convulsed in a hurricane of feathery hair. The crowd ate it up, because it was in fact pretty damn cool. At song's end, he admitted that this was not an uncommon episode. Lawrence placed his now mangled keyboard back on its stand and finished the set strong. Bravo.
Vibes still high, the headlining Grizfolk casually took the stage amidst raucous applause. These guys are hot off of their tour with Bastille, and that was the buzz of the night. Signed posters from the earlier meet-and-greet in hand, adoring fans pined for the crew as they strapped in and tuned up. Grizfolk blasted through hits like, "The Struggle" and the anthemic "Vagabond," a vague ode to uncertain futures and stark resolve. My placement was once again at the feet of a hair-god guitarist (Fredrik Eriksson this time), who used his long Scandinavian locks with practiced prowess. Adam Roth's polished vocals cut through the thick air as fans shouted "Take it off!" among other casual demands. These guys have a unique sound, blending contemporary indie-rock with hints of alt-country and even 90's alternative. Their stage presence was relaxed, warm, and inviting, climaxing in an intimate acoustic encore and ending with an even more intimate photo session: see pictures for clarification.
Both bands put on a great looking/sounding show. Set-lists, drumsticks and guitar picks were doled out happily post-performance, and everyone left with a smile. Check out our exclusive interview with Grizfolk
and enjoy the shots from the show.