Photos by Elizabeth Mitaro

A genre-bending fusion of pop, rock and electronica with dance beats to spare, Love Automatic packs an atypically energized punch to the mean streets that are the New York show circuit.

The New Jersey-based four-piece asserted the stage as its own, sprucing up the NJ scene of yesterday with new twists. The band kicked off the set with pulsing track “Save My Soul,” a fresh installment from its EP “Organ Donor,” which is expected to drop around Valentine’s Day. Lead vocalist Brent Carpentier stomped and clapped his way into the performance, initiating the audience with his teasing reminder, “We allow dancing, it’s a privilege that we give you.”

A brief stumble mid-set did not shake Carpentier’s confidence. After a barely detectable surprised glance towards the adoring blockade of eyelinered girls in front of him, he instantly switched back into performer-mode. Mic sharing and hip shaking forays into the crowd ensued.

Reverberations of band members past musical credentials (drummer Mike Glita is formerly of Senses Fail and guitarist PJ DeCicco was in Armor For Sleep) were in the details. Plentiful melodic and highly catchy choruses plus the occasional whoa-oh proved reminiscent of the mid 2000’s NJ music scene.

The audience favorite was indisputably “Can’t Stop”. Encoded with an infectious backbeat, the song had the crowd screaming out the cheeky opening lyrics, “Full lips nice eyes everything’s the right size, girl my eyes are glued to you.” A few songs later, the set ended abruptly, and with it, the dancing ceased. The circuit was broken as Love Automatic unplugged its equipment.