Snapshots: High Waisted @ DC9 — 3/3/18

highwaistedDC9_18-5 Jessica Louise Dye (right) fronts High Waisted at DC9 on Saturday. (Photo by Ben Eisendrath /Instagram+Twitter: Insomnigraphic/GrillworksBen)

New York surf rockers High Waisted visited DC9 on Saturday, surprising concert-goers like me with a new line-up! Apparently, the new band made its first public performances only recently, and Jessica Louise Dye (vocals/guitar), Jono Bernstein (drums), Andrea Scanniello (bass), and Megan Talay (guitar) dropped by DC to rock in one of the reconfigured band’s first performances!

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Don’t Miss: High Waisted @ DC9, 4/2/17

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Jess Dye fronts High Waisted at the Black Cat on April 17, 2016. (Photo by Ben Eisendrath /Instagram+Twitter: GrillworksBen)

Fabulous surf rockers High Waisted are visiting from New York to perform at DC9 on Sunday, April 2, and we strongly recommend you make plans to see them! The snappy quartet impressed us so much in their DC debut performance a little over a year ago that we named them one of our top 10 concerts of 2016.

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Music Park: Parklife DC Top 10 Concerts of 2016 by Mickey

CHVRCHES 008 Lauren Mayberry of Chvrches sings at Echostage on Oct. 17, 2016. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

I’ll confess that I’m a man whose taste in music is readily apparent. If you have new wave tunes to play, particularly from 1976-86, I’m going to show up and listen to them. That said, a number of incredible legacy new wave bands happened to travel through the DC metro area over the past year, and I took the opportunity to review them for our humble blog.

That said, a number of younger bands definitely broke through and seized my attention, most notably Canada’s Operators, who were the most exciting new band I’ve seen in some time. As with Operators, many of the best performances I witnessed in 2016 came from bands whose leaders are among the Masters of Synthpop, and so I have dedicated a postscript of really great synthpop shows that may have “missed” the top 10 but otherwise deserve a lot of applause.

Check out my top 10 list of concerts I saw for Parklife DC. (Click on the concert slugline to revisit the full review.)

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Snapshots: High Waisted @ Black Cat — 4/17/16

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Jess Dye sings with High Waisted at the Black Cat on Sunday, April 17.
(Photo by Ben Eisendrath /Instagram+Twitter: GrillworksBen)

Back in April, Manhattan surf rockers High Waisted dropped by the Black Cat to open for Har Mar Superstar.

I went to that show and wrote up a review. And our friend Ben also went to the show and took some digital shots that you can see in that review.

But he also brought along a prized Hasselblad camera and shot some pix of High Waisted singer Jess Dye on Delta 3200 black and white film.

So we are running this little Snapshots as the film has been developed and the results were pretty spectacular. In a few days, High Waisted are performing at Shea Stadium on May 18. Check them out when you get a chance!

Here are a few more pix of Jessica Dye singing and playing guitar with High Waisted at the Black Cat on Sunday, April 17, 2016.

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Music Park: High Waisted @ Black Cat — 4/17/16

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Jess Dye sings with High Waisted at the Black Cat on Sunday, April 17. (Photo by Ben Eisendrath /Instagram+Twitter: GrillworksBen)

Sunny waves of dazzling surf roll out over the audience as High Waisted start to play.

The band waste no time in getting down to business on Sunday night at the Black Cat. Singer Jessica Louise Dye and her three bandmates are there to open for soul trickster Har Mar Superstar, but quite a crowded room has turned up early to see the surf rock quartet from New York City.

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Don’t Miss: High Waisted @ Black Cat, 4/17/16

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Jessica Louise Dye sings at the Dead Kennedy Center on Feb. 2, 2016. (Photo by Ben Eisendrath/Instagram+Twitter: GrillworksBen)

You may recall surf rock band High Waisted from their last visit to DC! (Or at least you may recall us talking about them…) They are fronted by spunky vocalist Jessica Louise Dye, who also wields a mean guitar. They also consist of versatile guitarist Steven Nielsen, shimmering bassist Jeremy Hansen, and whip-smart drummer Jono Bernstein.

They look kinda like this when they perform — as they did at the DIY space the Dead Kennedy Center in DC on Feb. 2, 2016:

IMG_1460Jessica with bandmates drummer Jono and guitarist Steven at the Dead Kennedy Center. (Photo by Ben Eisendrath/Instagram+Twitter: GrillworksBen)

Since their last visit, they have released their debut LP, On Ludlow. It sounds a little bit like this:

And now High Waisted return to play at the Black Cat on Sunday, April 17, as the opening act for Har Mar Superstar! When I saw them, High Waisted sounded terrific, and they will make you a surf punk convert if you aren’t already. I was particularly taken by their number “Shanghai Spy,” what I considered a slick answer to the Hawaii Five-O theme. After their last DC show, I observed, “Jess Dye brings a lot of energy to the stage but at the same time she fits like an interlocking block with her bandmates…. Together, they play wonderfully loose, shimmery beats — but at the same time, they are amazingly sharp.”

Be sure to get there early to hear the NYC surf quartet rock out before LA-based Mr. Superstar lays down his smooth if irreverent soul music.

Tickets are available online!

High Waisted
(Opening for Har Mar Superstar)
Black Cat
Sunday, April 17
Doors @7:30pm
$15
All ages

Music Park: High Waisted @ Dead Kennedy Center — 2/2/16

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Jessica Louise Dye sings at the Dead Kennedy Center on Feb. 2, 2016. (Photo by Ben Eisendrath/Instagram+Twitter: GrillworksBen)

Jessica Louise Dye has a sultry voice well suited to the ’60s vibe radiated by the band High Waisted. She sounds fresh yet acclimated to her surroundings — which makes her ideally suited for surf rock, and the band’s loose, smart sound.

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Music Park: High Waisted @ Dead Kennedy Center — 2/2/16

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Jessica Louise Dye sings at the Dead Kennedy Center on Feb. 2, 2016. (Photo by Ben Eisendrath/Instagram+Twitter: GrillworksBen)

Jessica Louise Dye has a sultry voice well suited to the ’60s vibe radiated by the band High Waisted. She sounds fresh yet acclimated to her surroundings — which makes her ideally suited for surf rock, and the band’s loose, smart sound.

Playing guitar while she sings, Jess brings a lot of energy to the stage but at the same time she fits like an interlocking block with her bandmates — drummer Jono Bernstein, guitarist Steven Nielsen and bassist Jeremy Hansen. Together, the men are also a bit of a contradiction, much like their lead singer. They play wonderfully loose, shimmery beats — but at the same time, they are amazingly sharp.

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Don’t Miss: High Waisted @ Dead Kennedy Center, 2/2/16

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Clearly, High Waisted know how to party. (Photo courtesy Girlie Action)

Do you like a good time? You might want to get High Waisted!

No, I don’t mean, like, high or wasted. Nor am I recommending a wardrobe change. (Maybe you like low pants?) All clever attempts at punnery aside, High Waisted is a New York City quartet that play surf and garage rock.

And they are coming to DC on Feb. 2 to play the Dead Kennedy Center.

Ah, no, that’s not another pun. It’s not the Kennedy Center, nor is it a shrine to the Dead Kennedys — although it’s a place they might prefer performing if it were 1980 and they were here. Okay, wait, let me back up.

The High Waisted band is led by Jessica Louise Dye, who sings with gusto as she mines ‘60s pop/rock hooks, sort of in the footsteps of Debbie Harry singing “Denis.” High Waisted’s girl power pop arrives in the form of new single “Party in the Back,” for which the band just released a new video a few days ago.

Watch the official music video for “Party in the Back,” which was “filmed on the beloved Lower East Side on the budget of friendship and dollar slice” on YouTube:

High Waisted are touring as they march toward the release of their debut album, On Ludlow, a clear homage to their home turf, due out March 4. They will stop in DC to perform at DIY venue Dead Kennedy Center — a self-declared music venue/art space /laboratory — on Tuesday, Feb. 2 (one week from today!).

Jess Dye is joined by her bandmates — drummer Jono, bassist Jeremy, and guitarist Steven — in their show at Dead Kennedy Center (1325 Linden Ct. NE, DC), which I’m sure is a really nice place (despite some of their signage) just a few steps off the main drag of the Atlas District along H St. NE. DC bands Joy Buttons and BRNDA round out the bill.

Hell, High Waisted namecheck The Ventures and Dick Dale as influences on their Facebook page. Wanna surf? See you there!

High Waisted
w/ BRNDA and Joy Buttons
Dead Kennedy Center
Tuesday, Feb. 2
Show @7pm
Donations welcome ($5-$10 recommended by Parklife DC)
All ages