I got invited to the Vinyl Thief show at Mercy Lounge a while back, attendance at which was a no-brainer. I mean, come on y’all, it’s VINYL THIEF. The deal was only made sweeter by the fact that another blog favorite, Dinner and a Suit, was also on the bill.
The first group to take the stage, New Orleans-based three piece alt-pop band TYSSON, began the festivities with their fist-pumping drum-heavy tune “Bigger.” Between you and me, beloved readers, they kind of blew me away. I’ll be in NOLA in November, and I’ve got my fingers crossed that they’ll be playing to their hometown crowd somewhere while I’m there.
Next up, Nashville’s Dinner and a Suit, and good gracious, it was amazing to see them live again. They played a mix of old favorites (like “Get You Back”), new gems, like barn-burning anthem “Phantom,” and even performed a fantastic cover of The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face.” Hey y’all, you should definitely make that one a set-list regular. SWOON.
Finally, Vinyl Thief came on the scene, and commanded every inch of the stage during their first headlining show at The Mercy Lounge, their effervescent flair and endearing showmanship on full display. The joint was packed shoulder-to-shoulder with sweaty bodies, dancing and singing along to the band’s formidable indie pop catalog. Frontman Grayson Proctor’s soaring voice tickled the rafters on favorites like “Smooth,” on an entertaining rendition of Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream,” and especially on a slow and sultry cover of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together.” Vinyl Thief saved my favorite tune, the energetic “Stop Motion,” for the end; with pieces of drumsticks chipping away and flying through the air as Proctor dominated some auxiliary percussion, the crowd was worked into a frenzy by the end, and insisted upon, with roaring applause, an encore. What a great night.