The Power & Light District experienced the musical equivalent of a lightning strike to the heart with Friday’s free concert featuring Bleachers and Misterwives, sponsored by 96.5 The Buzz.
The audience endured oppressive humidity despite heat advisories that were in effect. Opening act Misterwives proved to be a great distraction from the heat with songs from the group’s upcoming debut full-length album.
Misterwives’ musical style is reminiscent of ornate pop by groups similar to Florence and the Machine, particularly in the group’s single “Vagabond,” which mimics piano beats used by Mumford & Sons. Front woman Mandy Lee is a bubbling source of energy on stage while providing moody, melodic vocals. Performing many tracks from the recent EP “Reflections,” Misterwives made it clear that they were a group to be kept on the radar of any listeners who enjoy a dash of ska and indie in their operatic pop.
Teetering between retro new wave and indie pop, Jack Antonoff’s latest project Bleachers has made its mark in recent weeks since its debut album dropped mid-July. Antonoff is no stranger to making hits due to experience with his last two projects, Fun and Steel Train, and has written songs with artists like Taylor Swift and Carly Rae Jepsen.
“I Wanna Get Better,” the first single from “Strange Desire,” has gained recognition after climbing to no. 11 on the billboard charts in the first week.
Appearing through smoke and blue strobe lights, Bleachers took up its instruments and ripped into the music. As an act, Bleachers resembled Depeche Mode and Slayer. Antonoff tore into his guitar with such aggressiveness his pick shattered at the end of “You’re Still a Mystery.”
Songs like “Shadow” demonstrate the group’s diverse musical influences, with the song’s late 80s style Latin synth beat channeling Paul Simon and airy chant-like vocals calling on a mid-seventies Joy Division.