Having played their final show back in 2011 at Brooklyn venue Death By Audio (R.I.P.), P.S. Eliot returned to NYC at the newly reopened Market Hotel. Noted for launching the careers of Katie and Allison Crutchfield of Waxahatchee and Swearin’ respectively, the band ended after the release of their second LP “Sadie.” (09.15.16)
Opening the show was Tiny Engines signees Adult Mom whose set ran through their two fantastic LPs “Momentary Lapse of Happily” and “Sometimes Bad Happens” with a sound reminiscent of their contemporaries like Eskimeaux and Frankie Cosmos.
Don Giovanni label mates Aye Nako took the stage, playing several promising new tracks off of their upcoming LP while also throwing in songs off of “The Blackest Eye” which combines the thrashing noise rock dynamics of Sonic Youth and Pavement, but traversing it through a lens that is unabashedly written from the perspective of LGBTQ people of color.
Montreal post-rockers Ought riffed heavily on a blend of drone-oriented, minimalist compositions that bring about comparisons to Preoccupations (FKA Viet Cong) and No Age. As major fans of P.S. Eliot, underneath their almost stoic demeanor on-stage were glimmers of them gushing over opening for their own personal idols.
Before launching into “Broken Record” off their penultimate release “Living in Squalor,” the Crutchfield sisters sipped pink champagne on stage with bandmates Katherine Simonetti and Will Granger, finding no need for introductions. While every setlist on the tour has been relatively the same, the diversity of tracks ranging from fan favorites like “We’d Never Agree” and deeper cuts like “Bear Named Otis” from their initial effort “The Bike Wreck Demo.” Not wanting to leave the crowd empty-handed, the band left with an encore of “Untitled” and their portrait of idealistic Americana youth “Tennessee” which transformed Market Hotel into a campfire sing-along.