NYC surf rockers High Waisted return to DC9 for a show of stupefying awesomeness on Saturday, March 3.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.