A typical Wednesday night in the Lower East Side usually consists of a crowded Katz’s Deli, bars fueling patrons with after-work liquid happiness at half-price, and live music filling multiple venues. The first two are easily re-attainable each night; the latter however, came in the form of a performance you shouldn’t have missed by W.C. Lindsay at Piano’s this past Wednesday.
The Philadelphia trio consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Will Lindsay, bass player George Legatos, and drummer Richie Straub, who met as music students at Drexel University. With the release of their debut album Easy Victim, Charitable Deception this past April, W.C. Lindsay answers an incredibly important question – why can’t you mosh to Mos Def or dance to DMX? After listening to the infectious melodies and truthful lyrics of songs like “Little Ghost” and “Kids These Days,” the answer was clear.Before the band hit the stage, Lindsay told Joonbug.com that their music has “no loyalty to any genre,” and that’s the best part about it. A man true to his words, Lindsay described the band’s response to labeling their sound, ‘The Beastie Boys watching The Breakfast Club at Warped Tour,’ as “easily the best sense I’ve ever crafted in my whole life.” The tracks combine the lyrical genius and rhythm of rap like The Beastie Boys, the nuances and themes of growing up and losing yourself in an idea like The Breakfast Club, and the live aesthetic of a punk show chock full of moshing and energy like Warped Tour.
W.C. Lindsay took the crowd on a rollercoaster ride with their set list, starting off with the slower, more lyrically haunting tracks off their album, “Grow” and “Tree.” The quiet, and almost apathetic crowd quickly turned into a merger of old friends and new fans, as the band themselves merged the musical elements of rap, electronic, and punk music with “Hard Youth, Hardly You,” “Into The Night,” “Finally Learning The Language,” “Little Ghost,” and “Kids These Days.” With sweat dripping, feet moving, and hearts beating faster, of those both on stage and off, the band helped the crowd cool down by ending the set with the trance inducing “Hum and Roar” and “Ungrow.”
With almost 100 shows and thousands of miles clocked throughout 2014, the band plans to continue touring in the new year, work on releasing some music videos, and creating sweaty mosh pits in a city near you. W.C. Lindsay proves that you don’t need a huge production to put on an incredible live show, just an infinite amount of energy, good vibes, and an extra shirt to change into. “When we’re on stage, that’s our language, and that’s what we speak. Live shows are why we’re in the game in the first place.”