From the moment lead vocalist/guitarist Jay Malinowski and bassist Eon Sinclair took the stage, the intimate yet sold-out Mercury Lounge erupted with accolade and applause that didnâ€™t cease until Bedouin Soundclash left the building.
Alongside an awesome drummer and two lively horn-players/back-up singers, the guys opened up with â€œUntil we Burn in the Sunâ€ off of 2007â€™s Street Gospels, followed by â€œLiving in Junglesâ€ and the catchy â€œSt. Andrews.â€
They only performed two songs off of their new EP, Where Have the Songs Played Gone To, starting with â€œWhen You Were Youngâ€ and closing the set with the horn-filled soul-jam, â€œOn My Block.â€
The crowd definitely got excited for popular songs like â€œWalls Fall Down,â€ â€œWhen the Night Feels My Song,â€ and â€œ12:59 Lullaby,â€ which seemed very close to the bandâ€™s heart as both members took a seat and seemed to share a brief moment of silence before performing it.
One of the highlights for me was when they busted into an energetic cover of â€œA Message to You Rudy,â€ undoubtedly one of the greatest reggae-ska songs around.
The band encored with â€œShelterâ€ and â€œNothing to Say,â€ two songs off of 2004â€™s Sounding a Mosaic.
After seeing Bedouin Soundclash perform for the first time, I definitely got what the fuss was about. Itâ€™s rare to find a band that puts as much soul into their live performance as they do their studio sound, and Bedouin did so with stamina and a smile.