Emily Jane White & Foxtails Brigade played two NYC shows (pics from Sunnyvale with Scam Avenue)
Dark folk singer Emily Jane White released her excellent new album They Moved In Shadow All Together earlier this year, and her tour in support of it hit NYC over the weekend for two BrooklynVegan-presented shows. I caught the first one, a late show at Mercury Lounge on Friday, 10/14 (Emily went on at midnight), and the pictures in this post are from Saturday's (10/15) at Sunnyvale. Both were with her tourmates Foxtails Brigade.
Emily was joined by a three-piece band, including a violinist and a bassist, both of whom sang backup vocals, and a drummer. Their sound was super full and super tight, and her band really complemented the dark vibes of her songs. The drums were pounding, the backing harmonies were haunting, and the violin really added to the melancholy. I'm not positive when Emily last played NYC (Songkick says not since opening for Alana Amram at Glasslands in 2012), but it's been a while, and They Moved In Shadow feels like something of a breakthrough for her, so it wouldn't be surprising if a lot of the crowd this past weekend was seeing EJW for their first time (I was). Considering Emily has honed her live show at tons of other dates in the time since she was last in NYC, seeing her for the first time was a very rewarding experience. Emily may just be starting to pick up steam but she's already a seasoned artist.
The Mercury Lounge show was just Emily and Foxtails Brigade, but the Sunnyvale show also had Scam Avenue (who share a member with GODMODE band Soft Lit) and Centaurus (who we missed). Pictures of the Sunnyvale show are in the gallery above.
photos by Amanda Hatfield