Tuesday, February 22, 2011
We Loyal Royally Received in New York
Only a handful Swiss bands have the guts to pack their instruments and cross the ocean to come and play in New York. We Loyal from Basel are one of the brave exceptions. They traded the mostly posh swiss concert spaces, where rock music is still often limited to weekends, with the dingy back rooms and cellars of bars in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and found an attentive audience in a vibrant new wave scene. We went to their show at Cameo, the lovely space behind the Lovin Cup Cafe in Williamsburg. We Loyal fitted the white, spheric sculpture of the decoration with their mystic pop, reminiscent of New Order, sad Depeche Mode, Gary Numan. Titillating synthesizers and pulsating bass lines embrace the cooly understated vocals. Great sound to cruise under the lights of an urban landscape at night, played with verve and passion. The three boys are back in Basel now, but promise to return soon for a longer period. Bitten by the Big Apple Bug, i guess.