On Monday night, Streets of Laredo brought folk magic and group hugs to Baby's All Right in their adopted home of Brooklyn. At the heart of the band is a trio of family members hailing from the North of New Zealand, David Gibson, his wife, Sarahjane and David's little brother, Dan Gibson. After relocating to New York City, they picked up Brooklyners, Sean McMahon and Andrew McGovern and fellow Kiwi Thom Darlow. Singing mostly in harmony, Streets of Laredo straddles the blurred lines between folk and pop.
Baby's All Right has an intimate garage feel with lighting that has hues of purple, pink and yellow. The stage is small and close to the ground, making the show feel even more personal. Streets of Laredo walked onto stage with infectious smiles and jumped right into the opening song. As 70s folk rock is very rampant throughout their music, you can also hear echoes of psychedelic rock and indie-pop, too. As their time was limited at the venue, the songs would come and go in a blink of an eye but they were able to captivate the whole room to make it feel as if time slowed down just for their show.
They'd played a crowd favorite, "Hey Rose" as their third track and Sarahjane's vintage-style vocals stood out most while they harmonized throughout the Volume I & II
track. It's a bright, atmospheric love song with a little rockabilly-rumble and lengthy instrumentals. When the song finished, lead vocalist, Dan, went on about the differences of New Zealand and America, explaining that "jandals" mean rubber sandals and joked around saying, "... and over there, you can order a chicken burger but here they only serve chicken sandwiches!"
"Everything is Everyone" and "Slow Train" were strong songs with full vocals and seasoned melodies. They crossed into country-territory with haunting vocals and eerie guitar chords. During the 2012 hit-single, "Girlfriend," Thom Darlow appeared from the crowd and stepped onstage as he picked up a guitar. There was an undeniable sense of togetherness throughout the set, but especially when Darlow joined the band for "Girlfriend." As the set was coming to an end, you could feel the happiness in the room.
After they closed their short set with "Living", Dan came down to the crowd to give hugs. The melodies of the set was plentiful, the vocals were full and fragrant and both the band and the crowd displayed free-spiritedness. The songs from Streets of Laredo could easily be the soundtrack to both your summer and your winter as they are versatile with sounds that appeal to any type of music lover. For such a youthful band, they make it feel as if they've been together for decades. We all felt like one, happy family with no worries in the world for a night, all thanks to Streets of Laredo.