LAURA CARBONE @ THE HI HAT
Photos and recap by Phil Nacionales
With support by the stalwart presence of STILL and the moody artistry of Poppy Jean Crawford and crew, Laura Carbone touched down at the Hi Hat, kicking off her Empty Sea US tour.
Carbone has been generating a great deal of buzz in the right kinds of music circles with her brand of “Noisy Dreamadelica’ infused art-rock, and her showing here gives credence to every ‘buzz-worthy’ and ‘one-to-watch’ moniker that has or should be bestowed upon her.
Equal parts Bauhaus and Jesus and Mary Chain, with a sultry vocal flair that when pushed at times exhibits a rawness just shy of early Joan Jett, Carbone’s music carried us through a spellbinding and downright otherworldly aural journey. Carried by the musical accompaniment of her Berlin-by-way-of-the-world bandmates, Mark Lewis (guitar), Brodie White (bass), and Jeff Collier (drums), their music exuded a palpable confidence in their ability to take us on a trip through a thematically dark and atmospheric sonic landscape and back into the light and haze of Los Angeles.
STILL was a great amuse-bouche for the night. Poppy Jean Crawford brought her whirling dervish styled energy that has solidified her place in the current art-rock scene.
Linda Carbone continues her North American tour through September. Her sophomore album, Empty Sea, is out now.