Mitski, Elvis Depressedly & Eskimeaux played 2 NYC shows (pics from Palisades w/ Normal Person)
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Mitski at Palisades - 7/17/15
Towards the very start of her set, Mitski addressed the crowd, thanking them for their support and encouraging the historically marginalized communities to be proud of their roots and "take up as much space as you can", with a disarming sincerity that's seen far too infrequently.
...With ex-Diarrhea Planet drummer Casey Weissbuch (who's also the mastermind of Infinity Cat's extraordinary cassette series) anchoring the trio, the band dove headfirst into a memorable set that wound up recapturing a lot of the magic of the last Mitski set to get coverage here (no small feat) while supplementing it with new intricacies. Deceptively nuanced and- a recurring theme throughout the night- unerringly heartfelt, it touched on various points throughout the songwriter's discography, while- understandably- leaning heavily on the Bury Me At Makeout Creek material. If Mitski was baring her soul on the Palisades stage, the audience was reciprocating that generosity with extremely vocal support between songs.
At one point, in one of the evening's most genuine and communal moments, Miyawaki ran backstage to collect the bottled water on hand for the artists and passed it out to the audience to help them cope with the uncomfortable humidity that only a small space packed with bodies on a warm day can bring. [Heartbreaking Bravery]
Brooklyn songwriter Mitski wrapped up her tour with two hometown shows over the weekend: Palisades on Friday (7/17) and Shea Stadium on Sunday (7/19). Both sold out very far in advance, which isn't too surprising since Mitski keeps quickly moving up in the world and her tourmates were both worth seeing on their own: the Run For Cover-signed Elvis Depressedly and Epoch member/Frankie Cosmos collaborator Eskimeaux. We caught the Palisades show, which also had Normal Person, who share members with LVL UP and Crying. (Elvis Depressedly also had one of the LVL UP guys on drums.) The review quoted above says it perfectly, but the things Mitski did and said between songs made this show as great as the songs themselves.
Pictures from Palisades continue below...