Review: Alt-J live at Mercury Lounge

Posted by The G on August 7, 2012 under G Reviews | Comments are off for this article

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Joe Newman and Gwil Sainsbury of Alt-J

If the sound of the crowd is a predictor of future success, British indie-rock quartet Alt-J are going to be HUGE!  Performing a very sold out show at New York’s Mercury Lounge on August 7, 2012, you would have thought you were in an arena instead of a venue with a 250 person capacity.  Alt-J’s debut album “An Awesome Wave” is not even out in the US yet (it’ll be out in September), but that didn’t stop nearly all 250 people from singing along to every song.

Thom Green and Gus Unger-Hamilton of Alt-J

The proper spelling of the band is the Greek letter ; however the band pronounce their name “Alt-J.”  Their music has a little bit of rock, a little bit of folk and a little bit of dub step!  Put that combo together and that’s a winning formula.  Alt-J made their debut New York performance earlier this year as a support act and last night was their first (of what I am sure will be many) headlining show.  Lead singer Joe Newman professed his love for the crowd and mentioned several times how excited the band was to be playing such a special show.  They’ll be back playing the much bigger Bowery Ballroom on September 12, 2012 and it will surely sell out, so make sure you get your tickets!

See the set list after the jump.

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