After selling out Bowery Ballroom the night before, Ryan Hemsworth, Tennyson and the Sucker For Punishment Tour headed to Brooklyn this past Friday night for a night of good vibes and cheap beers. If you’re not familiar with Rough Trade, you might want to do yourself a favor and a pay a visit to the collasol record-store by day, music-venue by night next time you’re in Williamsburg and pay homage to their massive collection of vinyls.
As we entered the venue around 10pm, we were lead to the back of the store where there were theater sized drapes effectively blacking out the light from inside the club, and hiding a two-storied, multi-bar venue with surprisingly great acoustics. We headed to the bar for some $6 whiskeys & draft beer right as a pair of siblings from Quebec called Tennyson took the stage.
Both teenagers, Tess & her brother had the crowd going crazy with their unique blend of trippy instrumentals and clever riffs, we made sure after the show to let them know how impressed we were with their set and exchange contact info. Make sure you check out their soundcloud here.
In between sets, we caught up with the man of the hour himself who was drinking a coca-cola while preparing for his set. Ryan is shy but friendly, and was more than welcoming to us before he hit the stage.Ryan’s newest album, Alone For The Time, has gotten som very respectable praise since its release about a month ago, and we were very excited to hear his originals, like Snow In Newark, and his remixes to Lorde, Rae Sremmurd, Future & Tinashe among others.
With quite possibly the trippiest set of visuals we’d seen in a while, Ryan took the stage and introduced himself by jumping right into his set.DJs are a dime a dozen these days, and it seems like anyone with an ear for music and a MacBook pro can be the next Avicii, there’s something mysetiously cool about Ryan Hesmwroth. As a Canadian 20-something, Ryan does a great job at attracting all types of music fans. There were your typical Brooklyn hispters who probably shop at Rough Trade weekly, there were a few EDM heads with PLUR wristbands, and then there were guys like me, hip-hop heads who appreciate Ryan’s ability to mix upbeat turn-up anthems like Migos‘ Bando, into melodic dancehall ballads.
The great news for all of us is that Ryan isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon. Like his pals Cashmere Cat & RL Grime, Ryan Hemsworh finds success in mixing hip-hop anthems (one-hit wonders, mostly) with melodies & occasional trap beats, but his unique brand of cat-meme humor & weirdness make him stand out. And that’s a good thing.