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photos by Mimi Hong, words by Andrew Sacher
Foxing / Little Big League / Adventures' crowd
The Seahaven / Adventures / Foxing / Little Big League tour came through NYC over the weekend for a show at The Studio at Webster Hall on Friday (5/16). Little Big League, who I hadn't seen since catching them before their album came out at the tiny now-closed DIY venue Big Snow, sounded great on a bigger stage with a light show. They're real confident performers and you can tell they've come a long way. They played a good chunk of that album, plus treated the crowd to their terrific new single "Year of the Sunhouse" (which comes out on a split with Ovlov in August) and more new material off their upcoming second album which they mentioned should be out in the near future. Keep an eye out for that.
The highlight of the show, though, had to be the second band, Foxing. Frontman Conor Murphy is a thrill to watch as he switches between singing, screaming, playing trumpet, percussion, and keyboards. His singing voice and airy falsetto are as delicate as The Antlers' Peter Silberman, but the screams are so powerful that even when he ditched his mic you could hear him from the back of the room. Whether you like Foxing or not, the energy he puts into his performances is undeniable. You can see him physically pushing out every word from inside like it's the last show he'll ever play. And the rest of the band are no slouches either. He's joined by two guitarists, a bassist, a cellist and a drummer who move through massive post rock crescendos, softer sad-indie, and bits of math rock noodling. Really memorable set.
Up next were Adventures, the band that includes 3/4 of Code Orange Kids but eschews their heavy post-hardcore in favor of melodic punk. I like Adventures on record, but live they really shine with all of their members thrashing around the stage like it's a basement hardcore show. The crowd followed suit too, opening up a moshpit and sending tons of stage divers right into it.
I missed Seahaven, but pictures of them and the other three bands are in this post. More below...
Little Big League