Last night Brooklyn Steel was a complete buzz, as everyone in line couldn't wait to escape the rainy weather and get inside to see James Bay
perform. However before the English rocker took the stage, we were treated to the sounds of David Ryan Harris who opened up the show.
Harris is a singer-songwriter raised in Atlanta who now resides in Los Angeles but enjoys the occasional trip to New York. "I missed my window of opportunity to live in New York City," he told us after the show, "You don't move to this city with kids. You have kids here but you don't move here with them. And now I have four, so I missed my chance." As if his music alone doesn't leave an impression on you, his effortless ability to banter with the audience between songs is like no other. "James clearly has impeccable taste because he asked me to open up for him," he joked. "Again, my name is David Ryan Harris, I know it sounds like a law firm." Needless to say, he is funny, relatable, and it's easy to see he is a true storyteller. Not only by his personality but also by his music that paints such a clear picture, and not to mention, his voice.
A little while later and the room was once again buzzing as the audience waited not-so-patiently for Bay to hit the stage. Always polite though, he didn't make us wait long. Soon his band entered the stage and then Bay appeared, wearing metal silver pants that were hard to miss as he opened with "Wasted on Each Other." Fans who've been following since the debut of Chaos and The Calm
could see he was playing with a newfound style and confidence. He also didn't have us waiting long to hear his new gem of a single, "Pink Lemonade," which kept the show at a dangerously high level of energy.
"Is it okay if we play a couple of new songs?" he asked as the crowd went crazy, "and of course, some old ones as well." He performed "Let It Go" and "Hold Back the River" off his debut album, which really let his guitar work shine. He's already released three singles from his upcoming album, Electric Light,
one of them being "Wild Love" which enchanted the crowd along with pretty visuals similar to what's seen in the song's video. He also played his latest single, "Us" and confessed it's very special to him.
For an artist preparing to release his sophomore album soon, Bay doesn't seem to show the slightest bit of nerves as to how it might be received. Earlier in the day before the show, we had the chance to sit down with Bay at the venue to ask a few questions. When we asked him how he hopes fans react to the new material, he seemed unfazed, and explained that his fans will grow with him. Looked about right later at the show, judging by all of the screaming people in the crowd.
His appetite for change is refreshing and inspiring while his stage presence and guitar skills are, much like the songs, electrifying. He is a modern day rockstar capable of achieving any goal he sets out to accomplish, and he most certainly left us wanting more. Electric Light
is out May 18th.
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