Savoir Adore/the Suzan/Ski Lodge – Music Hall of Williamsburg – September 21, 2013
The spirited music of Savoir Adore, the Suzan and Ski Lodge drew a large crowd to Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday night. With their signature beachy pop rock, the five gentlemen of Ski Lodge took the stage first. The band crooned their way through a sultry set, covering much of their newly released full-length album, Big Heart, and “Just to Be Like You” and “Big Heart” stood out as crowd favorites. The self-proclaimed “riot grrrls” of the Suzan followed, delivering an enlivening set of their bold music, employing synths, vocals and catchy beats to create a tribal effect. Lead singer Saori, a twinkling pop chanteuse, drew the audience nearer to the stage and had everyone singing along. “Put your hands up!” implored the band throughout their dance-worthy set, and we no one hesitated.
When Paul Hammer and Deirdre Muro stepped onstage with their band and launched into their signature splendid pop music, people cheered knowing they were in for a thrilling performance. A cartoon-like projection looming behind Savoir Adore depicted a single majestic tree at nightfall, which morphed ever so slowly into a mysterious closed door, which never opened. But anyone who wanted to know what was behind it was a little too busy gyrating to make that discovery a priority.
Hammer and Munro are the perfect team, generously taking turns in the spotlight. Their set peaked with a rendition of “Loveliest Creature,” in which Munro donned a sparkling silver cloak that caught every bit of light, creating a heavenly effect for the dreamy number. During the encore, “Dreamers”—the hit single from the band’s most recent album, Our Nature—rang out with swelling bass and bright, clear vocals. Hammer thanked the audience, expressing their gratitude to be headlining the venue they played nearly five years ago when they were just getting started. The night was a glorious dose of well-crafted music from three standout groups that truly know how to deliver live. —Schuyler Rooth