By Christian Scibetta
After the second song in TV on the Radio’s homecoming set at Music Hall Williamsburg on Nov. 21, a member of the packed audience yelled, “Thank you for returning to Brooklyn!” The sentiment of this fan was certainty felt throughout the crowd. Despite selling out at the Apollo and both nights of Music Hall Williamsburg, TV on the Radio could have easily filled a bigger space — less they forgo their kinship with the “alternative” burrow.
First formed by band members Tunde Adebimpe and Andrew Sitek in 2002 with their self released demo “Ok Calculator,” TV on The Radio rose to Indie fame with their first EP “Young Liars” and their full length LP “Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes” all to critical acclaim.
In 2008 with the bands fourth album “Dear Science,” TV on The Radio received some of their most glowing accolades with several media outlets including Rolling Stone, Spin and AV Club calling it the best album of the year.
Needless to say, TV on the Radio’s success is part from the band’s ability to draw from multiple sources of inspiration, creating an atmospheric sound that harnesses the soulful vocals of Adebimpe and Kye Malone with the punk guitar of Sitek.
Opening with “Happy Idiot,” TV on the Radio started the show with one of their latest singles from their new album “Seeds.” “Happy Idiot” begins with the fast paced procession of Jaleel Bunton and energizing the heated crowd. TV on the Radio has a remarkable ability to transport the audience as the mood of the music shifts, mesmerizing lights filling the small venue and the band takes sonic detours to slower jams.
With the encore, Adebimpe took a moment in between singing to address the audience, directing the crowd to chant in time with the music. Channeling the cadence of a preacher, Adebimpe showed a kinship with the crowd that was reciprocated by the Brooklynites attending.
The band finished their performance with fan favorite “Staring at The Sun,” from their first LP, “Desperate Youth.” One of the bands more haunting numbers, TV on The Radio finished their performance with one of their first hits, marking the over a decade long passage that has made them one of the most innovative acts performing today.
Christian Scibetta is a contributing writer. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org