I was shocked when I got to Santos Party House and it was packed last night. I thought that a new band with a good release could reel in some fans, but it was hard to move. I immediately tuned to the band onstage, Twin Forks, and thought they were pretty good, but didn't think anything more about it. Soon after, I realized the band was led by Dashboard Confessional's Chris Carrabba. The emo-kid inside of me was thrilled. I secretly hoped that they would segue into "Hands Down" or "Screaming Infidelities" for old time's sake. Sadly, this didn't happen, but I was delighted by the alt-country stylings that Carrabba has created. To make it even better, the band featured members of Bad Books. Like The Lone Bellow and The Lumineers, the band combined male-female vocals to country-folk music. The band was on their first tour, playing songs such as "Scraping Up the Pieces," "Back To You" and "Something We Just Know." At the end of the performance, they asked everyone to shoot them an email to get four free songs.
Following that performance was the very engaging Ivan & Alyosha. There's really just something about the Seattle band that I love. I have a crush on their harmonies, if that's possible. It was an amazing performance. They played a slower version of "Easy To Love" and serenaded with "I Was Born To Love Her." I shivered through "Running for Cover." The band had such great chemistry on stage, playing songs from not only their most recent record, All The Times We Had, but also from their Fathers Be Kind EP. For all indie-country/folk fans like myself, I do hope they'll be playing more shows in New York City on their next tour at more intimate settings.
If you're looking for a new folk-rock crush, watch Ivan & Alyosha live from Hype Machine's Hype Hotel below.