Oakland indie rockers, Rogue Wave, returned to the hipster hub of Brooklyn Friday night with special guests Caveman.
Walking in to the Music Hall of Williamsburg, I must admit I did not anticipate the overwhelming amount of Lena Dunhman and Zosia Mamet look alikes. Nor did I think a girl fight would break out right behind me over securing the perfect viewing spot. I'll just say it was an interesting crowd.
Caveman, a local Brooklyn indie-folk rock band, opened with a literal bang and immediately got the crowd jumping along with their heavy percussion and synths. Happy to be back home playing to a devout crowd, the band was in their element. The guys channeled The Smith's guitar from "How Soon Is Now" with their song "Where's The Time", off their new self-titled album. My favorite song was "Over My Head", a synth infused slow song. Cue 80s slow dance prom scene as the cute couples in the crowd grabbed one another and swayed away.
Rogue Wave hit the stage and dove right into their twelve song set with the airy "Siren's Song", off their new album Nightingale Floors. For their oldie, "Eyes", bassist Masanori Christianson got downright funky, making love to his sweet sweet bass.
After bringing out the acoustic guitar for "Nourishment Nation", Rogue Wave slipped into the crowd favorite, "Publish My Love", starting it off with a crazy intro.
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get the intro on film but check out part of their live performance of "Publish My Love":
"College", the bright and upbeat single from their latest album, which is being played on all the college radio stations, caused a jolt of energy into the crowd of twenty somethings and the awkward dancing ensued. I'm a little embarrassed to admit, I was one of them. What else can you expect from an indie rock concert crowd? No dougie-ing or twerking here.
Zach Rogue won my heart over when he threw red flowers out to the audience before playing "Cheaper Than Therapy", telling the crowd, "Sometimes you gotta give out flowers".
Here's a short video of Rogue Wave rocking out to another favorite "Lake Michigan":
After performing a great set, the band returned to the stage for a three song encore, starting it off with the dreamy and ambient track "No Maganatone". Rogue Wave closed the show with a slow burner, also from the new album called "Everyone Wants To Be You".
1. Siren's Song
3. Nourishment Nation
4. Publish My Love
5. Figured It Out
7. Love's Lost Guarantee
9. Chicago x12
10. Cheaper Than Therapy
11. Lake Michigan
2. Nearly Lost You
3. Everyone Wants To Be You