Winter Gloves effortlessly charmed the crowd at Bowery Ballroom on Saturday night with a remarkable and lively performance. The indie electro-pop quartet from Montreal, who’ve shared the stage with kindred spirits such as You Say Party and Tokyo Police Club, are currently on a North American tour with Born Ruffians. 

Saturday’s show had a palpable new-wave dance party vibe, at least during Winter Gloves’ set, with audience and band members alike getting into the groove, whether it was lead singer/keyboardist Charles F.’s dancing around with a tambourine and jumping on his bench while still working the keys, or the enthusiastic playing of guitarist Nico Ormiston (also on keys), drummer Patrick Sayers and bassist/keyboardist Vincent Chalifour.  A cool and quirky blend of synthesizer-driven rhythms with guitars and live drums, along with well-placed glockenspiel (Ormiston) and Wurlitzer (F.) parts, the songs vary from early 1980s new wave influences to dancey synth-pop. 

Kicking off with “We Need New Transportation,” from the recently released sophomore album, All Red (Paper Bag Records), the 12-song set included “Let Me Drive,” along with hits “Factories” and “Party People” from the 2008 debut album About a Girl, and the new single “Plastic Slides.”  The band closed with two more new ones, the sweetly melodic “Trap The Mouse” and “Ending Soon,” but not before pausing somewhere in the middle of the set while Chalifour handed out CDs of A Way To Celebrate, a collection of remixes and demos, to the audience, while Ormiston took photos of the crowd.

Winter Gloves were a delight and, judging from the reaction of the crowd, many who were there for Born Ruffians, they have scored a few new, and well-deserved, fans. –Teresa Sampson, Photos by Tear-n Tan