Torres played Mercury Lounge with Ancient Ocean (pics)
photos by Carly Hoskins
Torres @ Mercury Lounge - 6/26/15
Writing this, I still get the chills thinking of how TORRES did start her show on Friday, letting everybody indulge in a really long intro to Son, You Are No Island, while burning an inscent, to wave away any bed spirits and set the mood.
Like on her two albums, her live show balances between the quieter, more introspect and the heavier rock numbers: New Skin comes after the softer opener and is being followed by Sprinter and then A Proper Polish Welcome. Fortunately, TORRES is not one of those artists who have a beef with fans snapping photos, asking at any moment icily for "paying attention please and putting the stuff away". In contrary! She's not only okay with the attention she gets, but she even encourages it at times and puts on an extra charming smile or a special rocker guitar "pose". [Glam Glare]
Torres played her second of two headlining NYC shows on her tour in support of this year's great Sprinter at Mercury Lounge on Friday night (6/26). (The first was at Baby's All Right back in May.) It's the last time you'll see her somewhere that small in the NYC-area for a while, as her next shows here are with Courtney Barnett and Speedy Ortiz at Terminal 5 on July 22 (sold out) and with Garbage (who are playing their debut in full) at The Space at Westbury on October 23 and Kings Theater on October 24 (tickets).
The Mercury Lounge show was opened by local ambient musician Ancient Ocean, aka John Bohannon who used to be a member of Torres' live band. Pictures from that show continue below...