Live Concert Photography: High Waisted at Sea 4 8/30/17 feat. High Waisted Jonny Couch and Hypoluxo
Over the past couple of years, I’ve written quite a bit about the New York-based indie rock quartet High Waisted. Comprised of Jessica Louie Dye (vocals, guitar), Jono Bernstein (drums), Richey Rose (bass) and Stephen Neilsen (guitar, vocals), the quartet quickly developed a reputation both locally and elsewhere for a sound that draws from surf rock, garage rock, psych rock and lo-fi rock — and for their DIY concerts/booze cruises (which are pretty fucking awesome, by the way), tiki-styled pig roasts and acid-fueled pizza parties. And if you’ve been frequenting this site over that same period, you’d know that with the release of their Bryan Pugh-produced full-length debut On Ludlow, the New York-based indie rock quarter further cemented their reputation for scuzzy, party ’til you drop rock, that managed to reveal subtle shades of vulnerability underneath the surface.
As you may recall, High Waisted’s forthcoming, Tad Kubler-produced, sophomore album is slated for a Spring 2018 release, but with “Firebomb,” off their Little Dickman Records-releaesd split single with The Coax, the New York-based quartet has moved towards a fuller, arena rock-friendly sound, complete with enormous, anthemic hooks and a scuzzy, ass-kicking, name-taking swagger reminiscent of Lita Ford, Motley Crue an others — all while being one of the most decidedly forceful yet sensual songs they’ve released to date.
Now, as you’d know, it’s been a extremely few months for me and over the summer, I was actually on High Waisted’s incredibly fun, glitter and booze-fueled booze and rock ‘n’ roll cruise with locally based acts Jonny Couch and Hypoluxo, opening. Of course, before you check out pictures, I should mention that the members of High Waisted are currently on tour to support their new single and build up buzz for their sophomore effort — and it’ll include a a headlining set at Rough Trade on November 4, 2017. Check out tour dates below.
10/17: Replay Lounge – Lawrence, KS
10/18: Total Drag – Sioux Falls, SD
10/19: Icehouse – Minneapolis, MN
10/20: Red Herring Lounge – Duluth, MN
10/21: Ed’s No Name Bar – Winona, MN
10/23: Boone and Crockett – Milwaukee, WI
10/24: Shuba’s Tavern – Chicago, IL
10/25: PJ’s Lager House – Detroit, MI
10/26: Happy Dog – Cleveland, OH
10/27: The Bushnel – Pittsburgh, PA
10/28: The Barbary – Philadelphia, PA
11/2: Space Camp – Syracuse, NY
11/3: One Caroline – Saratoga Springs, NY
11/4: Rough Trade – New York, NY
With the release of his debut EP Animal Instinct, the Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Jonny Couch received national attention for a sound that The Arizona Republic‘s Ed Masley compared favorably to David Bowie‘s legendary work with Brian Eno — although Couch cites Motown, soul and power pop as one of the influences on his sound and aesthetic.
Opening the night was the Brooklyn-based indie rock quartet Hypoluxo, and with the release of las year’s Language EP, the band currently comprised of Samuel Cogen, Marco Ocampo, Cameron Riordan, and Eric Jasso received attention for crafting lush melodies with coyly cynical lyrics; however, the band’s latest effort Taste Buds reportedly found the band stripping their sound down quite a bit, with the focus being Cogen’s Matt Berninger-like baritone paired with jangling guitars as you’d hear on album single “Nevada,” a single, which further cements the band’s growing reputation for a difficult to pinpoint sound.