Bleeker Street venue Le Poisson Rouge was host to the Sennheiser CMJ Showcase this Wednesday night. Philadelphia Grand Jury took the stage around 9.50pm, bringing an unprecedented energy to the stage with their eccentric brand of what shall we call it… melodic pop-twinged electro-punk? These guys are known for their lively stage presence, and continued to uphold this reputation with their active CMJ performance.
The energy changed a bit as Blood Red Shoes took the stage. The British alt-rock duo with a stripped, almost bratty pure rock sound seemed nervous when starting their set. They had to restart their first song, “It’s Getting Boring By The Sea,” after a faulty premature ending. Blood Red Shoes seemed to persevere through this setback, retaining a great sound. However, it was apparent that they themselves were more than dissatisfied when they stormed off stage, stating a brief apology and deliberately wrecking the drum kit in the process. This abrupt exit could be construed as either disappointing or very rock n’ roll, although from the reaction of the crowd I would go with the latter.
The showcase was rounded out with an animated performance by TVTV. The band, outfitted in blazers and dress shirts paired floaty new age guitar riffs with catchy choruses and plenty of “whoa-ohs” to please the crowd. Their performance was very expressive, complete with plenty of dancing.