Concert Review -AYER

Venue: The Mercury Lounge

Date: 2/11/2015

Rating: 3.0/5

Playing for a small venue takes chutzpah, especially when you are the late night act on a weekday night. After opening act Prinze George, a crowd of 100 slowly disintegrated into a meager 30. But 30 was just enough for AYER to start a dance party. With a minimal 8 song set-list, AYER slowly revved up the intensity level, making sure his last songs got everyone moving. I was most pleasantly surprised Ayer’s airy falsetto. It sounded as strong if not stronger than his regular voice; however, since most of the melodies are in that upper register, his lyrics sometimes get washed out. During the crowd favorite, “Circles,” the band truly came together. The drummer freely handled the entire kit as well the backup singer had her fair share of solos. I’d recommend Ayer for anyone who likes groups such as Chvrches, Saint Motel, or Great Good Fine Ok. In summary, Ayer has potential, but as with any new act, there is always room for improvement.

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