On Saturday (8/6), New York pop-punk band Die Pretty
played Tammany Hall, showing that sometimes the band has to carry the show.
When Die Pretty took the stage, it was easy to tell that they love what they do. Their energy was amazing, especially on such a small stage, I’m told the smallest they have ever played. Singer/bassist Sarah’s vocal performance was delivered with hardcore passion and intensity as the band ran through their best songs from their new EP, Battle Over Brooklyn, as well as from their self-titled EP, released in 2010. The way guitarist/vocalist Skip jumped around the small stage, utilizing it to its fullest extent and with the same vigor as if he were on a larger one, was outstanding to watch. They played to the small crowd as if they were playing to a packed house. I think I enjoyed myself that much more because they were enjoying themselves.
There was one problem that was of concern to the band. Speaking with Sarah after the band’s set, she told me that she couldn’t hear herself in the monitor. She said that she kept trying to tell the audio people to turn it up, but that didn’t happen. However, while this was a noticeable problem, it didn’t ruin their show for me.
Die Pretty’s set on Saturday may not have been perfect, but it was worth seeing. Every band should play with the kind of enthusiasm for what they do that Die Pretty does.
The band’s energy more than made up for the tepid feel of the room. While I think the audience enjoyed it, I didn’t feel like they returned the same level of enthusiasm the band dished out. Singer/ bassist Sarah’s request for people to move closer to the stage went unmet. Even Skip’s attempts to engage the audience fell on mostly deaf ears.
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