Foreign Born Doesn’t Miss a Beat

March 12th, 2010

Foreign Born – Mercury Lounge – March 11, 20210

Foreign Born - Mercury Lounge - March 11, 20210
L.A. folk-rockers Foreign Born rolled through Mercury Lounge last night, bringing with them a warm sound and a pitch-perfect performance. The band played a good portion of its newest record (2009’s Person to Person), sounding almost Celtic (guitarist Lewis Pesacov did an excellent job feigning the typical violin sound with his Gibson) and at times like simple, folk-based rock. Lead singer Matt Popieluch shimmied around the stage when not anchored to his microphone, accenting the rhythms provided by drummer Garrett Ray and their touring percussionist.

Even while matching as many as five harmonies, Popieluch and company never missed a beat. It was as if the crowd just happened to be sitting in the recording studio with them, far from the aural mess many live shows end up being. That said, the concertgoers weren’t just flies on the wall. Foreign Born threw in many clap- (and sing-) along moments, pausing both their music and their (self-provided) stage lighting to engage the Lower East Side crowd. The set, short and simple, wrapped just before the stroke of midnight, having covered everything from dreamily hopeful-sounding songs like “Early Warnings” and “Vacationing People,” to Person to Person’s moody opener, “Blood Oranges.” —Sean O’Kane

Photos courtesy of Sean O’Kane |