By Stephanie Zheng
The relaxed vibe of the intimate Marlin Room at Webster Hall was the perfect location. The concert opened with Great Caesar, a Brooklyn based band of six exceptionally well dressed members. Their use of brass instruments added color to create a unique mixture of rock with a touch of jazz. The result was a distinct style that was both catchy and lively and got the crowd moving.
Following Great Caesar was another band from Brooklyn called Great Big Pile of Leaves. The audience stayed entertained as the blend of guitar, drums and bass created an entrancing medley of sounds.
At a little after 10 pm, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin entered the stage with personality. The lead singer Philip Dickey started by taking a pair of Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin sunglasses off an audience member’s head and wearing them while performing. Their entire set was spirited and energetic as the band danced around, slid on their knees and even jumped on and off the drums.
The band recently released their newest album, Fly By Wire this past September and the songs they played off of their new album were met with a positive reaction. The band even had the entire crowd singing to “Harrison Ford” and clapping to the beat to the other upbeat melodies. Adding on to the band’s appeal was the ability of Philip Dickey and Jonathan James to trade off on guitar and drums, switching to play the other instrument in the middle of the set.
The concert ended on a high note with a cover of “Song 2” by Blur as the last song. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin was joined on stage by former band member John Robert Cardwell and Great Big Pile of Leaves as a special surprise. Audience members enthusiastically danced and jumped to the song as the band members on stage clearly put all of their energy into the music. The excitement and energy radiated by the band left the audience feeling spirited and alive.
Stephanie Zheng is a contributing writer. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org