When I arrived at the venue, it was practically empty and the supporting slot of Reverend John Wilkins had not begun. I spotted singer Al Doyle milling about and went up to say hello. He admitted to being quite nervous that the place hadn't started filling up, so I told him how early shows in NYC aren't easy. Doyle remarked how he hoped the scalpers didn't get all the tickets and I had to confess that's how I got mine (even though I'd be reviewing his band, I wanted to be sure I had a ticket). The band added a second show the next night but that one sold out quickly as well!
I was thrilled to meet the guy after seeing him up on stage with two of my fave bands, LCD Soundsystem and Hot Chip -- that night added another fun show, seeing Doyle performing with his latest band.
PopMatters review here and another video below.
|With Al Doyle before the show|
New Build "Finding Reasons" @ Mercury Lounge, NYC 3/13/12