Let the thinking and pacing begin.
Friday, March 28th. I started the day bummed out. Bummed out why? Well, hometown heroes, She Said Fire were set to have their first show in New York City in Gawd knows how long and unfortunately, I didn’t have the funds to attend. Let the thinking and pacing begin. She Said Fire is playing in New York, with that other musical wonder, Machine Elves opening.
… Quentin Tarantino kind of night by candlelight.
What to do, what to do? That’s when it dawned on me. I’m a music journalist, couldn’t I just contact the venue (Slake NYC) and see if they would be so kind to put me on their list? Let me try that one. I call Slake. Voicemail. Now, I’m a pessimist so even though I left a very detailed message, I didn’t exactly believe that I would get a response, so I set about making other plans. No Machine Elves, no She Said Fire. I had already resigned myself to a spaghetti and Quentin Tarantino kind of night by candlelight. The phone rings…
Actually my girl frequented Slake NYC quite a bit when she was still in her Goth phase.
It was someone from Slake NYC returning my call. I was shocked. I guess the spaghetti and “Inglorious Basterds” was going to have to wait. I jump in the shower, haphazardly throw some clothes on and out the door I go with my girl on my arm. I was new to Slake NYC and to some extent, so was my girlfriend. Actually, my girl frequented Slake NYC quite a bit when it went under a different name (“The Bat Cave”) back when she was still in her Goth phase. That was then, this is now. On with the show!
The song is high energy and a perfect way to settle newbies into what to expect.
When we arrive at Slake, the Machine Elves are setting up on stage. I had a clear view of the Machine Elves set list laid out on the stage. it was a short set, but sure enough, the Machine Elves were going to pull out their heavy hitters from their debut album, Fancy Suits and Cigarettes, and for their adoring fans, some new. If you’ve seen the Machine Elves before, then you know if lead singer, Joey Calveri struts out with his infamous bullhorn, you knew what you were in store for. The band kicks off the jams with the self-titled, “Machine Elves“. The song is high energy and a perfect way to settle newbies into what to expect. From there the Elves’ rip roared through their set and as always they brought the fire. It’s a party and the Machine Elves did a bang up job warming up the crowd for the headliners.
I was brought back to life by what She Said Fire were exuding on that stage.
Slake’s MC for the night did a hell of a job introducing She Said Fire. I was new to the whole experience so I didn’t know what to expect from the band, sans a few of the band’s songs that I YouTube’d a few times here and there, but on the whole, I didn’t know what to expect. Would I dig it? After the Machine Elves, would She Said Fire be a let down? Well, Joshua (vocals/guitar), Chris (bass), Stina (drums), and Peter (guitar) did not disappoint. Joshua commanded the crowd to his rocking will. The whole band was lightning in a bottle and their energy was infectious. Truth be told, I was a little worn after the Elves set, and I was brought back to life by what She Said Fire were exuding on that stage. She Said Fire, indeed, just like what they were giving to the crowd and getting back from us as well.
They take what energy they have to start with and ride that fucker all the way through…
Having been that this was the first time that I was seeing She Said Fire live, I could honestly say that there were no stand outs in the band. That’s not as negative as it might sound, I’m just saying that, I’m hard pressed to pick out a break out star from the group when they’re all natural born performers. I paid about as much attention to Peter as I had to Joshua, Stina, and Chris, know what I’m saying? She Said Fire as a unit is electric. They take what energy they have to start with and ride that fucker all the way through that by the time the last notes fall, only then is the band spent. The crowd files out sated and satisfied. Both the Machine Elves and She Said Fire make this New Yorker proud that we have such a healthy growing musical community and with bands such as these, it’s safe to say that our city’s musical legacy is assured, wouldn’t you say?
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Photos • Ife Finerson