Simply put, Swedish New Wave quintet The Sounds rocked Warsaw (261 Driggs Ave.) last Tuesday night. As their first stop in NYC during their North American tour celebrating the ten year anniversary of their hot sophomore album, Dying to Say This to You, Tuesday’s show may as well have been a stop on the original album release tour, gauging by the energy in the room, from band and audience alike.
The band’s performance was polished and infused with a vibrancy no doubt spread by frontwoman Maja Ivarsson’s unyielding ardor on stage. Fans bedecked in various The Sounds tees danced from the first notes of the celebrated album’s opening track, Song With a Mission, and sang along word-for-word to one song after the next.
In addition to a full live performance in track order of Dying to Say This to You, the setlist featured recently released new track Thrill and a strong selection of the band’s favorites from other albums, including the invigorating No One Sleeps When I’m Awake (much to my delight).
Add this one to the list of great shows I’ve caught over at local gem Warsaw, “where pierogies meet punk.” The bands always seem to love playing the intimate venue filled with dedicated fans, and, much like The Sounds on Tuesday, play to the occasion.
Can we hope for a Crossing the Rubicon anniversary tour 2019?