Live Review: Bronze Radio Return @ The Bowery Ballroom, NYC

Just when we thought Bronze Radio Return couldn’t surprise us with any more chart topping hits like ‘Shake Shake Shake’ and ‘Further On’ that boast the platforms of 2014 film St.Vincent, American Idol and commercials for Nissan to Starbucks, they have managed to produce an astonishing creative new album which experiments between the genres of indie/rock and electro pop. The sextet from Hartford, Connecticut was set to perform at one of our favourite venues, The Bowery Ballroom in New York for their finale show of 2015. 

Supporting Bronze Radio Return was Brothers McCann, who gave an exceptional performance featuring three part harmonies and a folk rock sound, setting the scene for an outstanding and entertaining night to come.

As the crowd waited for Bronze Radio Return to set foot on stage, the lights dimmed and the audience became quiet while anxiously awaiting for their first song. The music softly began, while a bright light slowly fazed onto the stage focusing on the band’s main singer and group founder Chris Henderson. He began with a soft acoustic hit for their opening act while leading us gently into a highly energized performance covering their hit songs from current album ‘Light Me Up’.

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Their live sound was a refreshing mix of acoustic indie folk rock accompanied by guitar, drums, banjo and harmonica, which was played by the extraordinarily talented Craig Struble, who later wowed us with an amazing solo five-minute harmonica performance. It was a great onstage collaboration between himself and the guitar player and really topped the high standard performance that the group managed to maintain throughout the night.

The band performed with a lot of variety as they switched back and forth by introducing singers and band members on stage with different elements and extra folk instruments. They played a very ambitious two-hour show, which reflected their passion for live music and how they perform together as a group. From their performance on the night you could tell that this band adored the energy that they form together on stage and the response that they got from the crowed really kept them going. Main singer Chris mentioned throughout the night, while thanking his band members that they were like a “six-person band on stage but a ten-person team”

Overall, their performance was refreshing and energetic, and if you are a folk-rock fan then we would highly recommend to keep an eye out on their website for their remaining tour dates in the New Year.