NYC has given birth to countless great musicians and bands, and although some of this is elementary to New Yorkers in the “scene”, there are many who don’t really know much about NYC’s indie rock culture. If you have been keeping up with us, you know that the Loose Buttons have a residency at Pianos this whole month on Wednesday nights.
A residency in this scenario is where a band repeatedly plays the same venue (usually once a week) for about a month. The venue gets to provide musical entertainment to their patrons on a regular basis and for the band they get to play to an audience that are new to them as well as give an opportunity for fans to catch the band live on several different occasions.
There are plenty of live music venues in New York, but Pianos in particular has been known to showcase NYC’s finest, and most often they are buzz bands getting ready to make a big splash. So if you’re an indie rock band in NYC and want to make some noise, you want to play gigs in a venue like Pianos and you need to play well.
Loose Buttons did just that, and they were tight musically from bassist Manny Silverstein displaying his technique both with a pick and without to drummer Adam Holtzberg belting out perfect vocal harmonies while maintaining a solid beat. Guitarist Zack “Kitty” Kantor provided the ear candy of melodic lead lines and ambient sounds channeled through his pedals making it extra sweet. Singer/Guitarist Eric Nizgretsky engaged the audience as a great frontman should and sang in key while playing not just rhythmic chords but also some tricky arpeggios.
The boys have gained plenty of attention already but they are definitely a band you’ll be hearing about more and more. Their new EP Sundays drops February 24th, and make sure you catch them live in their last weeks of their residency. It’s worth it.