Lewis Del Mar Deliver in their Debut Show at Mercury LoungeSeptember 22nd, 2015
Lewis Del Mar – Mercury Lounge – September 21, 2015
The little known, but soon to make a splash Lewis Del Mar are locally based in Rockaway Beach, Queens. They’ve written, recorded and produced all of their songs from their bedroom in a bungalow down the street from the ocean. Influenced by the city, the beach and Latin America (a region they share familial ties to), their music has been compared to alt-J’s and Foals’ for the varying quality that fluctuates between simple to complex compositions. With shout-outs from the New York Times over the weekend, LDM debuted at a nearly sold-out Mercury Lounge on Monday night.
Against a backdrop of the band’s signature red and gold lines against a cityscape, the quintet opened with “Memories,” a track that’s already hit KCRW FM in Los Angeles and been spun by Zane Lowe on Beats 1. For a band with only two singles, Lewis Del Mar have garnered some serious attention from the right folks. The rest of last night’s set was an unveiling of what else they had up their sleeve, and beats were core to the band.
Bits of reggaeton and good ol’ rock infused the rest of the set. Drenched in back light for “Islands,” the simple guitars chords were supported with stomping tenor. Saving the best for last, “Loud(y)” newly baptized fans as they danced to the blips and beats. It’s not hard to see why NME were first to publish praise for the genre-blending track. For those lucky to witness Lewis Del Mar’s first show, they could say, “I saw them when.” So to answer NYT’s “it remains to be seen whether the group can conjure its high-wire act in a live setting,” it has been witnessed, and for the elated gang at Mercury Lounge it was a resounding yes. —Sharlene Chiu