The first night of BRAHMS’ Pianos residency was a resounding success, with a spectacular performance by the New York-based electro-pop trio and the at-capacity crowd loving every minute of it.

The band’s excitement was evident and the energy palpable as they delivered set of groovy synth-pop and new-wave influenced tunes, including crowd favorites “Toward The Ghost” and “Another Time” as well as a couple of new songs, “For Everyday” and “Illusion,” which band members joked were so new that they’d just “thought of them just now!”

For their stage set-up, the band brought out orange-tinted acrylic windows that were placed at the front of the stage to enhance the special effects lighting, with bassist Eric Lodwick controlling most of it via foot pedals. There was plenty of dancing on and off stage, and I even overheard someone in the audience remark that he should have worn rave pants!

BRAHMS includes Cale Parks on lead vocals and percussion, Drew Robinson on guitars and vocals, Lodwick on bass and vocals, and all three on keyboard duty. The band has been playing together since January and is still unsigned, yet has already amassed quite a following on the New York indie electronica scene. Barely even six months old, the band has opened for Passion Pit and Neon Indian. BRAHMS expects to release a couple of singles in the coming months.

Other acts on the bill included Aislyn, Arms and Bell, and in between performances were sets by the Passion Pit DJs that kept the crowd (and party) bopping.

The next installments of the BRAHMS residency at Pianos will be May 25 and June 1. –Teresa Sampson, Photo by Teresa Sampson

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