Tuesday night’s showcase at Baby’s All Right, presented by Work Magazine, featured a stacked bill of prolific talent. The stage was graced with kinetic melodies of tambourine from opening bands to the spacey synth-pop stylings from headliner, Leisure Cruise.
Legs kicked off the evening with their approach of indie dance songs. Lead singer Tito Ramsey delivered a stellar performance of animated arm movements, entertaining but not distracting from an addictive cadence you couldn’t help but move your, well, legs to. Catchy rhythms and lower body workout aside, Legs has started production on their first full-length album, funded via Kickstarter, and hopes to release it this fall. Definitely check out Touchtone, a great track exhibiting the band’s dynamic beats, invigorating tambourine and compelling application of vintage Hohner synths.
Halfbluud took the stage next and altered the setting from the previous happy synths and chipper harmonies. Instead, swooning dark vocals, courtesy of Harley Cortez, were harnessed in a soulful berth of guitar distortion delivered through an unruly mane reminiscent of an early Jack White.
Napoleon continued the showcase with a quirky set of doom-bop numbers. Their endeavors were successful as the Brooklyn based quartet got music-goers on their feet and grooving to each song. Frontman Julian Anderson presented himself short in stature (callback to the band name, perhaps?) but not in sound with raspy vocals and heightened spirits.
Leisure Cruise closed out the night with selections from their new self-titled debut album on Last Gang. Brainchild of Dave Hodge (Broken Social Scene) and Leah Siegel (Firehorse), Leisure Cruise takes you on an audible space journey, bridging retro and futuristic synth anthems. Each ballad, rich in pop progressions, gives a platform for Siegel to express herself through interpretive dance and flow. High energy in conjunction with cosmic visual projections add up to a visceral live performance that is not to be missed.
Photos by Kassy Balli; words by Gabrielle Westfield.