The Library is on Fire headlined an early show at the Mercury Lounge on Tuesday night, marking their debut appearance at the venerable Lower East Side venue.

The Brooklyn trio of Steve Five (vocals and guitars), Mark Shue (bass and vocals) and Pete Sustarsic (drums and percussion) weaved through a generous set of lo-fi jams, melodic but with a slightly harder edge and at times recalling veteran 1990s acts such as Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr., Guided By Voices and even early Ride (“Chelsea Girl” era).

With Tuesday’s show also serving as the release party for the new album, Magic Windows, Magic Nights, the set was heavy on new material but sprinkled with a couple of older tunes, “I am Warrior” and “Pink Rock in the Front Yard.” New songs included were “Gilding the Lily,” “Vanessa’s Theatre of Peace,” and “Monkey in My Chair,” the latter featuring impressive harmonies by Five and Shue.


Magic Windows, Magic Nights, produced by Todd Tobias (who has also worked with GBV) was released digitally on March 2 and will hit stores on April 6, on Fill in the Blank Records. While there is no extensive tour currently planned, The Library is on Fire will have a couple more shows in New York supporting the new album. The band will be at the Knitting Factory on March 19 with Oneida, and at Death By Audio on April 8. –Teresa Sampson, Photos by Tear-n Tan