words & photos by Caroline Harrison
Rose Windows @ Rough Trade - 7/12/14
Saturday night (7/12), Rose Windows warmed up for their European tour with a date at Rough Trade NYC. The night was a warm, fuzzy, psychedelic nostalgiafest, since they were supported by NY locals High Waisted, and Worthless, up from Florida for the event. Drippy Eye Projections set the mood with their trademark tripped-out visuals.
In spite of myself, I really enjoyed High Waisted's set. They're a new band (roughly three months old, said singer and guitarist Jessica Louise Dye), so the only recorded material they have online is a demo tape that they purportedly recorded on acid in Nashville. They're self-described surf rock. I don't usually like most bands that employ this description, but despite that, i thought High Waisted were awesome. They play incredibly solid, sunny pop songs with well-written vocal hooks, and they're tight. Dye sings with an easiness that disguises how technically demanding the parts are. Translation: girl can sing, and she does. I have a sneaking suspicion we'll be hearing more from these guys in the coming months.
Rose Windows played a ton of new tunes, including their new single, "There Is A Light." They played a lot of other new songs too, and I think it's safe to say we can expect a new full length from them some time in the near future. Singer Rabia Shaheen Qazi admitted that it was a little unnerving to play that many new songs, but given the audience's response, I'd say they pulled it off pretty well.
More pictures from the show, below...