Although it was cold outside, it didn’t stop fans from attending the Lights Resolve/ TV/TV show at Highline Ballroom in NYC last night. When we entered the venue we saw about 2 seconds of one of the opening bands, This Condition.
I was kind of bummed that we got there so late, but we did get there in time to see Liam and Me. The Philadelphia-based pop/indie rock band went on around 8:30 p.m. They played an amazing set. Lead vocalist, Matt O’Dowd knows how to command a crowd. The audience was feeling the music and dancing to the beat. They sounded as good as the last time that I saw them perform and are a fun band to see live. O’Dowd mentioned they now have a song on iTunes and will have an album coming out soon. Can’t wait!
Next to play was New York band, TV/TV. I had not heard of this band before seeing them tonight. I thoroughly enjoyed their performance. This is not your typical pop/punk band. With their rocking hooks and tight drumming, they definitely bring something else to the table. This along with their fun and playful lyrics gives their music a diverse sound. On stage they have a lot of energy and really rocked out. Josh Ocean is the ultimate lead singer. He demands the crowds’ attention and is a rock star in the making. There is something about him that was so mesmerizing. He oozes sex appeal while entertaining the audience with his confident stage presence.
During the set before they performed “Rock Star” he brought up this girl who was being filmed for MTV’s Made. Apparently she wanted to be a rock star, but she didn’t have the courage to go through with the performance. It was kind of a bummer, but it was interesting to see the show filmed.
Finally, Lights Resolve came on stage. I was really excited to see the band after listening to their music on Myspace. The set was spellbinding. They played a lot of songs off their two EPs Currency and Prelude, along with a few new ones: “Dreaming of Love” and “Long Way To Go.” For being only a trio, they have an intensity and enthusiasm that is unmatched by larger bands. You can clearly see this energy and passion exuded in their performance on stage. Throughout the show they jumped around with such gusto and zest, and I don’t think there was ever a point when drummer, Neal Saini, stopped smiling. The crowd was definitely feeling this vibe as well. Everyone was screaming, singing along, and and dancing around to the music. My favorite part of the show was during the last song “Another Five Days” when everyone from the tour came on stage to sing along and rock out. These guys have culminated a fun, atmospheric, theatrical, rock fused sound all their own. If you have a chance, check them out on tour; I know I want to see them again.