New Zealand represented @ LPR — Street Chant, Zowie, Lawrence Arabia, Ruby Frost & more on CMJ day 1 (pics)
photos by Andrew St. Clair
Zowie @ LPR
"Lawrence Arabia opened with an easy confidence, nurtured by months on the road supporting Crowded House, despite not having played together for a couple of months. Apple Pie Bed was a hit.
Street Chant followed, and it's fair to say they were the darlings of the night. Scowling college radio DJs emerged with smiles after the fierce and flirty set by the trio, who entertained with between-song banter like "We're Street Chant from New Zealand and we're ready to get sexy", "This song's New Zealandish" and "We're the biggest rock band in New Zealand!"
Fresh from her first offshore gig at LA's Viper Lounge, Ruby Frost performed competently and though she was tagged as "a baby Florence and the Machine" the crowd rewarded her with polite applause.
Kids of 88 got the hard-to-impress CMJ crowd moving. And flirting. "Come back to my apartment!" someone in the crowd yelled. "That's a very good segue into the next song," said singer Sam McCarthy, as they launch into My House. Zowie impressed, and Electric Wire Hustle brought the bass." [New Zealand Herald]
This is course was Tuesday night's New Zealand CMJ showcase at Le Poisson Rouge. More pictures from the show below...
Kids of 88
Electric Wire Hustle