New York City. How we were sure we would hate you. The very thought of NYC always makes me feel a small to mid sized panic attack coming on, with its impossible parking (especially for vans), intimidating subway systems, and the promise of everything costing at least 3x what it would in Ohio. I had never been to Bushwick or The Silent Barn- both of which were incredibly lovely.
We got to The Silent Barn at around 6. The venue is very much a DIY space, and had an open feel to it. The space also has a really beautiful patio with picnic tables, and a large edible herb garden. Singer Songwriter, Andy Bowen came up to us, introduced herself, and kindly offered to help us carry in our equipment. We quickly bonded over the fact that we were wearing the exact same outfit, and are brunettes with glasses and red lipstick. Both of us thought this was super fun, and we decided that, with more planning we could have done the show parent trap style-tapping in and out of the sets at random. No one would be any the wiser because we are most definitely musician doppelgängers. We also met the brilliant musicians Katy and Diane from Trophy Wife. I have been listening to their music for months and it was really refreshing to find out how down to earth these talented women are.
After loading in, we explored Bushwick for a bit, and ended up in a hip, dimly lit bar called Bizarre. It was wasn't overpriced- disproving one of my usual fears of New York. The bartenders were also friendly. I think I have been judging this city far too harshly.
The show itself was one of the best we've had. Both Andy Bowen, and Trophy Wife brought tons of energy to the stage. Andy had a really open and slightly goofy stage presence-and brought charming witty lyrics to fun and occasionally political indie folk. Andy is one of NYC's key trans activists, and it was cool to hear how she used humor to weave in powerful messages in her songs. Trophy Wife was captivating and inspirational. Trophy Wife is a drums, heavy guitar and vocal duo based out of Philadelphia. Their music is artfully crafted, with dark slightly distorted guitar riffs, driving drum beats, and lyrical stylings that are blunt and demanding. Katy and Diane are also both activists and their subject matters for songs range from highly personal transportive tunes (such as Numb) to empowering songs of solidarity such as Body Camera (find at trophywifetheband.bandcamp.com).
Diane from Trophy Wife was super kind to let us stay at her home, so we headed to Philly right after the show. Thanks New York, for being so much friendlier and less stressful than I remembered. My one very large regret is that I didn't eat a bagel. As a borderline bagel addict, this is a pretty tough truth to get over. I guess it means that we will have to come back soon. You know. For the bagels. See you in a minute!