I'll Wear Any Color As Long As It's Black

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Posted in / / / by Jeralyn on October 20, 2009


My Saturday night started out with a benefit show in the basement of a fancy candy store. I was too busy catching up with people upstairs to catch any but the band I came to see — Jill’s (formerly of I Heart) new venture Open Ocean. It was their first show and even though the basement was crammed with friends, I think the overall reaction makes it safe to say that this band will be getting a lot of attention in the near future. It reminded me of a mix between early New Order demos (paired with a deep female lead) and a gothy Raincoats, aka AWESOME. I don’t know Jill very well and I had no idea she would have such a beautiful and powerful voice. It’s always nice to see a band full of girls who fucking kill it, too. They have no songs up online yet, but as soon as they do, I’ll be spreading the word.

Next up was the show doubling as a party for Cara and Solomon’s birthdays. Mirror Mirror played first and completely slayed me. I had listened to them on Myspace and wasn’t super into what I heard, but live it was incredible. They seemed to have the perfect vibe for the party too — a little dark, a little dancey, a little weird. All my favorite things.

And of course I was psyched to see my friends Cult of Youth back from tour and now with the addition of the lovely Christiana on violin. It was great to watch this beautiful sequined-clad woman invigorating the pounding darkness that COY inhabit. I think I have seen COY in all of their formations (from Sean solo to Micki playing bass and keyboards to new drummers to this current line-up) and this was definitely one of my favorite times.

I unfortunately missed most of Death Domain and Light Asylym but hopefully I’ll be able to catch them both again in the near future.

Nights like that are what I really love about New York — seemingly a bunch of random people coming together for no other reason than to be creative and witness other people’s endeavors with encouragement and excitement — it was really a breath of fresh air from Boston where people seem to be a little down on everything and I have yet to really find any local music that I enjoy.

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  1. lauren said, on October 20, 2009 at 3:43 PM

    nice mirror mirror pics!

  2. Jeralyn said, on October 21, 2009 at 1:41 PM

    Thanks! They killed it — probably my highlight of the night!

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