This newly formed band appeared at the nice but tiny/dark Cameo Gallery in Williamsburg last month, and I was eager to seem them play the songs live. Thankfully, Pratt's background in jazz allows an improvised approach to performance so things loosened up from the home studio creations. It's always disappointing to hear things exactly as they sound in the recorded versions -- in my book you might as well stay home. A band also needs to remember that any audience is looking to connect with not only the music but who's making it happen up on stage, something Pratt still needs to work on. In an interview a few days before the gig, Pratt spoke with me over the phone about his transition to frontman as just moving a few feet over on stage but it needs to be more than that. Not everyone needs to be an oversized personality like Mick Jagger or Wayne Coyne, but some sort of M.C. role would be helpful in performance, allowing fans to get to know the group.
|With Kelly after the show
Link to interview/review on PopMatters here.
Bright Moments "Milwaukee"@ Cameo Gallery, NYC 2/23/12