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Overcoats Sound Right at Home at Sold-Out Rough Trade NYC

April 21st, 2017

Overcoats – Rough Trade NYC – April 20, 2017

Sisterhood runs deep between best friends Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell, a bond so strong it’s birthed a band, Overcoats. The New York City–based duo’s debut, Young, is a reverie of R&B soul folktronica coproduced by Nicolas Vernhes (Daughter, Torres, Dirty Projectors, Cass McCombs) and fellow singer-songwriter Autre Ne Veut. NPR’s Bob Boilen recently described the record as “driven by ambition and passion, not craft … the emotion in their harmonies and the space they give each other is filled with compassion.” Last night, the inseparable pair graced a sold-out Rough Trade NYC on the eve of their new EP’s release, donning white jumpsuits and silver platform boots. Microphone stands adorned with flowers and garlands of cameo silhouettes set the stage as their first headlining tour opened with the rhythmic “Smaller Than My Mother.” The crowd swayed to the lullaby of “Hold Me Close” before Elion exclaimed, “We are so fucking excited to be here.”

Covering the entirety of their album with the exception of one track (“Father”), the kindred spirits garnered much love from fans as the mutual admiration between each singer was palpable. They embraced often in between songs and danced side by side without a care in the world. When introducing the debut single “Little Memory,” Elion confessed it was the first one the girls had written together. The duo covered Hozier’s “Cherry Wine” midway through the set. Elion laid her head on Mitchell’s shoulder to preface “Siren,” as she proceeded to sing, “I feel many weights of many worlds on my shoulders.” In a speech that was carved out on the set list, Mitchell offered their gratitude to touring drummer Joao Gonzalez, Andy on sound and their agents. An overwhelming acknowledgement of the upcoming year ahead left the women truly humbled before an encore of the hymnal “Mother” and the rollicking “Leave the Light On” concluded the performance with a fever pitch of participatory claps. —Sharlene Chiu


Soak Makes an Impression at Rough Trade NYC

June 24th, 2016

Soak – Rough Trade NYC – June 23, 2016

Rough Trade NYC buzzed with cheerful excitement last night as everyone waited to see Irish wunderkind Soak. But first, folk-electro-soul duo Overcoats played a bouncy set of songs from their eponymous debut EP. Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell were clad in matching jumpsuits that nicely complemented their coy dance moves. The twosome’s captivating harmonies and trip-hoppy loops were perfect for a live setting.

Bridie Monds-Watson (aka Soak) took the stage solo at the top of her set and played a hushed version of “Shuvels,” a hypnotic track from her debut album, Before We Forgot to Dream. The 20-year-old alt-folk singer offered lyrics of longing, love and fear throughout, her scratchy voice hanging on every word. In between numbers, she told stories of writing songs in the backseat of a car when she was 15 and thinking to herself, “This is a hit. Like a Rihanna hit” and got plenty of laughter from the crowd in response.

But that doesn’t mean Soak doesn’t have any hits of her own. Her single “B a noBody” made a splash worldwide with its modest, heartache-filled lyrics: “Come on, come on, be just like me/ Come on, come on, be a nobody.” “Hailstones Don’t Hurt,” “Garden” and “Sea Creatures” also made it into the set. During a short encore, Soak sang a gorgeous cover of Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” Monds-Watson complimented the Brooklyn audience by appreciatively saying, “If I lived in America, I’d probably live here.” —Schuyler Rooth | @SchuylerSpeak