DeVotchKa had Mercury Lounge Dancing Late Friday Night [PHOTOS]
While the collective gaze of music press was fixated across the river at Barclays for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, DeVotchKa held court at a sold-out show on the Lower East Side. At the Mercury Lounge, where, the band admits, they truly “belong.”
“We spent a lot of years on this stage,” charismatic frontman Nick Urata quipped a few songs into the set. “Thanks for letting us relive it.”
The Denver-based quartet didn’t take the stage until 12:45am – sound check was a Tetris-like comedy of errors with all those instruments – yet wasted no time performing over a dozen cuts from their decade-spanning catalog. There was minimal banter between songs, but the capacity crowd ate it up just the same. They were most happy to hear the punchy rhythms and Euro-Gypsy-klezmer stylings of numbers like “Contrabanda,” “Basso Profundo,” and “Head Honcho,” all of which had the front row dancing and duck bopping.
And, of course, the song that had all the iPhones out – “How it Ends.”
Other highlights included watching bassist Jeanie Schroder dance with her sousaphone, hearing the syncopated singalong to “Stand by Me” during the encore, and most importantly, the seducing crooning of Urata.