Megafaun stopped in New York for a weekend at Mercury Lounge and put on a damn good show. For a few hours the suffocating humidity outside become an afterthought as the band whisked the audience away to the Carolina Coast. Playing tracks from their new self-titled album, the boys did folk rock like only they can. Warmth radiates off the tracks, recalling the best from southern groups like the Marshall Tucker Band or the Allman Brothers. The night was as uptempo as you’d expect seeing a band called Megafaun. There was a ballad or two along the way but on the whole things were kept free and loose, lighthearted.
The guys certainly looked like they were having fun. Guitarist Brad Cook and bassist Nick Sanborn would get down low, aim their guitar necks to the other end of the stage and charge forward, lifting up their arms in a motion like shoveling snow. They injected a little variety by doing a number with three part harmonies, with Cook, his brother Phil and Sanborn huddled around a single mic and drummer Joe Westerlund playing guitar. Westerlund got out from behind the kit a second time to take the mic and lead the crowd in a singalong of the Troggs’ “Wild Thing.” All of the guys showed incredible diversity with their instruments, with newcomer to the band, Sanborn, strapping on an accordion for the ballad “Kill The Horns.” Phil Cook played lead guitar, slide, banjo, harmonica and piano throughout the show.
Afterwards at the merch table, the guys remained bright-eyed, talking to fans and hocking their records and t-shirts. The new logo, which adorns the album cover, the t-shirts and the band’s bass drum looks like three diamonds connected at the sides. “The thing for this album was branding the band,” said Sanborn of the logo. Now that the band you should know has a clever little symbol it shouldn’t be difficult to remember. Although, once you’ve heard them, it’s difficult to forget.
All photos below by Alex Eriksen