On May the 6th myself & my colleague Lucas ventured into London to hear a New York breakthrough act Misterwives at Madame Jo Jo's. Through being introduced to Misterwives by our friend and colleague Clare through her blog Milky Tea Kid we were ready for a night of catchy melodies and simply great pop. Needless to say we had a brilliant night.
So to begin with we ventured down the stairs of Madame Jo Jo’s and found ourselves in a retro Victorian Burlesque atmosphere and immediately took a liking to the venue. The stage was quite interesting as it looked like a terrace, being on the same level as the upper floor however with a much lower audience stage area meaning you could happily chill out with a drink upstairs without having to look through everyone's heads!
The first support Anto Dust had a very dreamy and chilled indie vibe about them. I can easily describe their music as the sort of thing you’d hear on an independent movie. Lots of shoe gaze influence and cool guitar effects helped make the sound very atmospheric leaving us pleasantly satisfied!
In-between the first and second support acts we met a lovely individual called Erin from Seattle. This was her first London gig and also Misterwives first UK appearance! So... two became three.
The second support Antimatter People reminded us a lot of early Pink Floyd/Uriah Heep/some Hendrix with a few modern and classical elements. Three band members were playing more than one instrument on stage meaning it got quite crazy at one point but of course the good type of crazy!
Which brings us to the headliner Misterwives. The place was getting nicely full and as expected they smashed it!
Beginning with "Kings & Queens" this started the set brilliantly. The song set the audience up with an atmospheric feel with the soft vocals of lead singer 'Mandy Lee' before hitting into what makes pop work, a crazily catchy chorus. This is how you start a set.
Throughout the gig Misterwives played tracks from their current E.P 'Reflections' as well as an entirely new song for the audience's pleasure. All songs where played with brilliant energy from the whole band who played perfectly together and most importantly they were enjoying themselves. That's the best thing you can do when performing as to enjoy it yourself as a band you will in turn have your fans love the gig even more. Which is also to say Mandy interacted well with the crowd and gave everyone a sense of appreciation to be in the audience.
Middle of the set their lead (and arguably most popular song) 'Reflections' blew the audience away. It's the kind of song that inspires the crowd to dance and sing a long like crazy, happy people. Do make sure to check it out.
The set also included a cover of "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" which went down a full treat with the audience (and not just the female side) fully blasting out the lyrics and showing the UK dance moves that we are so well known for... A great choice of song!
All in all it was a brilliant night with a full display of talented bands & catchy music throughout. Misterwives ended their set with their song "Twisted Tongue" with class and a full display of Mandy's amazing vocal talents along with a well welcomed Trumpet solo from band member Dr Blum! All members Mandy, William, Etienne, Marc & Dr Blum fully entertained the crowd.
They did this so much infact that I even checked out Misterwives set the following Thursday in Brighton at DIGITAL. The same set and the same brilliant audience reaction they certainly made new fans, I heard comments such as "What's their name? Misterwives? I'll check them out more!". It can be rare to find a band these days that sparks instant love for all that appreciate a bit of good ol' pop music so I'm glad to be introduced to such a brilliant and exciting new band.
Check out their band's music on their Soundcloud, and make sure to follow them on their Facebook & Twitter! We always like to support new music on Music Gateway so do yourself a treat and give them a listen.
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