As the tragic march of "Drunk Walk Home" pounded its way towards the coda, 25-year-old mid-fi indie musician Mitski let go of her candy-colored Danelectro bass and howled herself hoarse for a solid minute. In the stunned silence following her vocal abandon, she said quietly, "This is what I want to do with my life, and now I am here doing it at Bowery Ballroom."
Nicole Fara Silver for The Village Voice Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz
What Mitski, Krill, and Speedy Ortiz have in common, besides having commanded the same stage last night, transcends the fact that they each play soul-baring rock that thrives on guitar lines as expressive as the lyrics they support, or their commitment to a DIY ethos, or even their relationship with Brooklyn label Exploding in Sound. What they share above all is the absolute desire to make music, and to make it inside a community of likeminded peers — which they have found in each other. Of course, most bands love making music; that's why they are in bands. But for these folks, playing music is vocational, a calling. Mitski said this directly. Sadie Dupuis, frontwoman of Speedy Ortiz, paused halfway through their blistering set to remark how lucky they were to "get to do this." Even while Krill griped about the relentless discomfort of touring life this past December to Vice, they added that's all they've ever wanted: to make music and get better at it.More »