11/25/15 Kingston, NY BSP Lounge
12/05/15 Saratoga Springs, NY Skidmore College
PWR BTTM were a lot more pop than I expected them to be. For some reason because of their name I expected them to be a raucous and angsty punker band. Well, maybe they are a bit angsty, but they totally fit the bill’s sentimental energy. They employ some fun and adorable sounding power pop to tell their stories of loneliness and alienation. I think the climax of the set was their song “Serving Goffman,” off of the new Ugly Cherries. It really encapsulates their story and sound in just over two minutes.
“I found out people aren't that mean but it
It still feels like they're laughing at me
When they're just
What's your favorite color
Do you need to borrow my bike
Do you have a lucky number
Do you like the movies I like”
Mitski’s touring band this time around had the standard power trio set-up; Guitar, drums and bass. And with that, she was able to deliver fully fleshed renditions of her Bury Me at Makeout Creek. I will admit that I was a bit disappointed that her set wasn’t quite as visceral as her opening set for Elvis Depressedly in Denver, CO. I think part of that might be because she had to fill in the guitar or bass for her missing band member at that show. Yet, it also left me pretty impressed on what kind of last minutes stops she can pull to put on a good show. She’s definitely got a knack for showmanship as her gloomy thematic album suggests, but I’ve now seen it confirmed repeatedly. She’s also very good at bringing an intimate set to another level with her musings and perceptions on her everyday and her personal accounts of people at their worst. Like I said before, Mitski is not just a musical project, it’s an identity. Pop gem craftsman, heart on sleeve feminist, with knack in finding the light in the dark, she’ll continue to captivate release after release.
Mitski at 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis (19 Nov 2015)