Had a hoot Saturday night with Damian and Chad seeing Chvrches at Radio City Music Hall, a place so enchanting I could spend the evening even if there weren't a concert. Although there have been dozens of current bands people think my stubborn '80s self would "love" that I never followed up on, my friend Frank happened to visit me from Detroit when he was falling in love with the synth trio from Scotland and got me hooked by playing for me their debut album, "The Bones of What You Believe." The band has since gone on to record a delightful cover of Bauhaus's "Bela Lugosi's Dead" and a solid sophomore disc, "Every Open Eye," all of which has only strengthened my affection. (A b-side of Whitney's "It's Not Right, but It's OK" sealed the deal!)
Singer Lauren Mayberry is a doll and sounded flawless, dressed in a crop-top NYC shirt someone bought her after she moved to the city. (She told several other anecdotes about life in the big city, but like most Scottish people, I could barely understand a word she said!) Martin Doherty was adorkable behind the keyboards and on lead vocals for a couple songs, and Eric Prydz looked to be having a great time at his synthesizer perch. Seeing them up there you couldn't help but be excited FOR them for having made it to this incredible stage!
After being the youngest person at the Graham Nash show in Tarrytown I wondered if it would be painfully obvious how much younger this crowd was than me. As a scanned the youthful and great-looking sold-out theater, I realized it wasn't a bunch of 18- to 22-year-olds, but instead a mostly people around 30 or so. Just as I breathed a fake sigh of relief, it suddenly dawned on me that these people were actually the same difference in age between the Nash crowd and myself -- 20 years -- but then I just laughed and bopped the night away! If you get a chance to see Chvrches, be sure to go.