Gig Guide: Grace Woodroofe and Husky, Mercury Lounge NYC

by on April 20, 2012 · 7 comments

Grace Woodroofe at Mercury Lounge. Photo by Rafe Baron.

We headed to the Lower East Side a few weeks ago to catch an Aussie double bill at the Mercury Lounge that featured singer Grace Woodroofe and upcoming band Husky. Having been unfamiliar with both acts, we were pleasantly surprised and yearning for more rocking out when it was over.

The evening started out with the Melbourne quartet Husky, who are touring in support of their debut album Forever So which is out in Australia on Liberation Records and coming to America on Sub Pop Records in July. The band, fronted by Husky Gawenda, sing pretty songs that glitter down to your soul. They did a brief 8-song set of mostly songs from the record like “Hundred Dollar Suit”, “Fake Moustache”, “Dark Sea”, “Hunter” and “History’s Door”.

Shortly after Husky left the stage, Perth-born Grace Woodroofe and her band entered. According to the folklore, Ms. Woodroofe’s demo was heard by the late actor Heath Ledger who put her in touch with musician Ben Harper who produced her new album Always Want. The voice which came from her was a deep and warm one, gracing hushed tracks like “I’ve Handled Myself Wrong” and shouting over a cover of The Stooges’ “I Wanna Be Your Dog”.

In an interview with Vogue.com, she admitted that β€œIt could be that I am still searching for my official sound. I love playing quiet jazz concerts and heavy punk concerts. A lot of people tell me how intense they think the show can be, and I really enjoy the theatrics of it.”

Whether singing jazz or punk, Grace Woodroofe will move you in some way. She’s currently doing a free April residency at Los Angeles’ Bootleg bar, of which her next (and last) date is April 23. Get more info here.

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