Another night, another sold out show in New York. But this time Alt-J marked the end of a season as the last 2013 show on Central Park's Summerstage.
Alt-J are one of the biggest acts to come out of 2012. The band is still firing on all cylinders, riding their Mercury-prize winning debut An Awesome Wave through summer festivals and sold out shows. Their two nights in New York were no different—Alt-J sold out both the Hammerstein Ballroom and Rumsey Playfield in Central Park with Lord Huron as their opener. And just like those New Yorkers, I too wanted to attend the show. But I came to one major conclusion early on in the show. I enjoy Alt-J’s music as much as the next person but, finally having caught them live, I didn’t understand why people would necessarily have to see this band - they don’t necessarily “rock out”. With just the one album under their belt, Alt-J’s set didn’t last much longer than an hour and was mostly straight music. Lead singer Joe Newman didn’t fluff the night with much banter and his bandmates, Gwil Sainsbury on bass, Gus Unger-Hamilton on keys and Thom Green on drums, didn’t speak much either.