Last Saturday night, the Lower East Side of Manhattan was lulled into a state of enchantment as New Zealand-bred band Tiny Ruins and ex-Vivian Girls and Babies leader Cassie Ramone plucked and cooed their way into the hearts of the crowd. Ramone set the evening in motion, absorbing the attention of the show-goers with her intense, brooding melodies. Seeing a performance by Ramone is akin to opening one’s third eye, her poignant riffs capable of reminding all that there is much more swimming beneath the social facade. Ramone will release her debut album, The Time Has Come, on August 26 via Loglady.
 
As the night progressed, the crevices of Mercury Lounge were filled with sweet smiles, as Tiny Ruins frontwoman Hollie Fullbrook tip-toed her way through the set with charm, cleverness and gracious wit. The rhythm section, comprised of bassist Cass Basil and drummer Alexander Freer, balanced Fullbrook’s musings with subtle energy and delicate fervor. The outfit has spent the past three years touring Australia, the UK, Ireland, Europe and the U.S., supporting artists like Fleet Foxes, Calexico, Father John Misty, and Joanna Newsom. Throughout the remainder of the summer and into the fall they will continue their journey to support their recently released album, Brightly Painted One (Spunk).
 
Photos by Stephanie Augello