A band’s sound should not be judged if heard through a laptop speaker. The disingenuous projection lacks the underlying bass, showcasing the distinguishably unbalanced highs. So, it’s hard for me to say much about the up-and-coming bands Wet and SOHN‘s performances from this past Saturday at the Mezzanine, because their sound was clearly off. Where was the bass? The nocturnal drums that bridge both performers’ R&B styles somewhere between James Blake‘s brooding and The Weeknd‘s darker void? Even when I shifted from the downstairs to the upper-level, while the levels were more balanced, the sound still felt hollow.
But, the night wasn’t a complete wash. Wet, the nascent Brooklyn-based band with only an EP to their name, sounded promising given the context. On “Don’t Want To Be Your Girl,” singer Kelly Zutrau’s unwavering vocals had the slightest bit of breathiness, offering an earnestness to the song. Though the visual component was overly minimalist, featuring only a few camera umbrellas, their performance still captivated the excited crowd. If the success of their self-titled EP isn’t already an indicator, the group has a bright future. Read More