Indie rock acts Hatchie and Girlpool recently swung through the Big Apple, playing two shows across the city while on their spring tour. On April 25, the bands performed for an enthusiastic crowd at the Bowery Ballroom in Manhattan. With their combined styles of ethereal pop and lo-fi rock, the night was an eclectic mix of style, yet one that more than pleased.
Australian singer-songwriter Harriette Pilbeam, better known by her stage name Hatchie, opened the show with her enchanting dream pop, which is enough to put anyone in a spell. Old favorites, like “Sugar & Spice,” are infused with an early 2000’s vibe, complete with sweet synth and layered vocals. Backed by Joe Agius on guitar and John Castle on drums, the group rounded out that live sound perfectly. Hatchie played through her first EP, as well as some new songs from her upcoming debut, Keepsake. Judging by tracks like “Without a Blush,” bringing together Pilbeam’s songwriting and style, it is an album not to be missed. Hatchie had the ballroom both warmed up and wanting more -- the telltale indication of a great opening act.
Girlpool, comprised of Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad, have worked tirelessly for their loyal following around the world. The band walked onstage to an ecstatic crowd, and more than exceeded any expectations. Girlpool played an extensive set of both new and old tunes, catering to the likes of every fan; the grit of songs like “Hire” perfectly contrasted the haunting vocals of “When Chaos is Imaginary.” Surprisingly, the band’s banter in between songs was just as entertaining as the performance itself. Tividad talked about catching up on episodes of The Vampire Diaries in the van, while Tucker reminisced about Hilary Duff’s extensive discography. The duo ended the night with an acoustic encore of “Chinatown” and “123,” guarded by the spotlight like angels. The stripped down classics were the perfect way to bring things home.
Hatchie and Girlpool ended their brief time in New York City on a uplifting note; a celebration of both groups and the stories they tell through their music. We can’t wait for them to return soon.