Night Beds played their first New York show Friday night at Mercury Lounge.
Winston, the lead singer, had a unique vocal setup — he alternated his singing between two microphones, which were next to each other on the stage. One mike had some sort of echo effect which made the vocals sound like they were drifting in from far away.
Winston’s voice was the highlight of the show and the band’s secret weapon. “Even If We Try” showcases those vocals with its acapella beginning.
He seemed to switch guitars between almost every song, and the repeated unplugging/plugging/re-tuning was a little distracting, though.
I noticed a lot of musical transitions within the songs. The drummer was strong, and he switched it up with mallets and brushes on different songs.
“Even If We Try”: