With the release of their first single “Wings” and their debut EP, Hemiplegia, the Brooklyn-based quartet of Haerts won quite a bit of attention across the blogosphere for producing a slick electro pop sound that at times bears an uncanny resemblance to the likes of St. Lucia, Bear In Heaven and others; in other words soaring, swooning, synth pop confections with a sincere emotional pull at its center.
October 27 marked the worldwide release of the quartet’s much-anticipated, self-titled, full-length debut effort and to celebrate the occasion the quartet had an invite-only record release show at the location of the old CBGB’s Gallery. And although the space has changed since CBGB’s closed, the ghosts of the legendary club still reside, so it wasn’t surprising to hear vocalist Nini Fabi make a reference to the great Patti Smith, New York’s punk poetess; in fact, it seemed absolutely fitting – even if Haerts’ sound wasn’t exactly punk.
Throughout the set, the band thanked the audience and key friends and others who had helped them through the three year period it took for them to write and record the album and they did so with an adorably touching humility and grace.
Check out some photos from the indie pop sensation’s set below.
An interesting and very prominent piece of artwork.
Attendees were asked to bring flowers which we all eventually placed near the front of the room, and the space was set up with flowers and pieces of weeping willows, evoking the sense of walking through an enchanted forest. At the end of the night, we were all asked to take a different flower home with us as a memento of the night. From what a very dear friend told me that night, the practice is particularly popular in some churches, and if you were familiar with it, the similarities were quite powerful.
For these photos and more, check out the Flickr set here: