With a New Album, Sixpence None the Richer Is Back

August 8th, 2012

Sixpence None the Richer – Mercury Lounge – August 7, 2012

Remember the ’90s? Carson Daly was hosting TRL (Total Request Live). Dawson’s Creek was the hot show overtaking Beverly Hills 90210 in the ratings. Then, there was the song that was ubiquitous amongst teen romance, “Kiss Me,” from the She’s All That soundtrack. Well after a long hiatus from tours and studios, Sixpence None the Richer returns with a new album, Lost in Transition. Disbanding in 2004 and then reuniting in 2007, longtime duo Leigh Nash and Matt Slocum arrived at Mercury Lounge on the evening of their album release to a bevy of dedicated fans. They were so rowdy that Nash was a bit taken aback.

With the opening lyrics “New York is cold,” Nash sang a completely different description of the night’s forecast. For the pop band known for covers of “There She Goes” and “Don’t Dream It’s Over,” the thudding bass lines and Slocum’s crashing guitars on “Between the Lines” were a jarring difference from the sweet ditties of their past. The rock was toned down as they played “Kiss Me” to a slew of cameras recording the performance. Nash expressed appreciation to those who had awaited their return and those who were just trying them out. New tracks “Safety Lines” and “Radio” were perfect serenades for the latest romantic comedy starring Katherine Heigl or Reese Whiterspoon. Tour manager Ashley (aka Zooey Deschanel lookalike) even stepped in with backing vocals.

In a truly special moment, Nash recalled what inspired her back in her little town of New Braunfels, Texas, as she dedicated “The End of the World” to Skeeter Davis. Although concentrating mostly on new material, Nash and Co. made sure to dig into their back catalog, playing “Melody of You” and ending the set with “A Million Parachutes.” Nash expressed her joy in “sharing the stage with her best friends,” most of whom have been with Sixpence for more than 20 years. Here’s to hoping it won’t be another long hiatus before the next new album. —Sharlene Chiu