Brooklyn-based indie trio, The Acrylics, played its easy-breezy rock to a half-packed crowd at Schubas on Wednesday night. The band was touring in release of its debut EP, All of the Fire, which was spearheaded by Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear on Terrible Records. Lead singer Molly Shea had listeners truly engaged, exchanging vocals and bass riffs with guitarist Jason Klauber on dreamy pop songs, such as "Molly's Vertigo"; her vocals a dead-ringer for Neko Case at times, were heartfelt and sincere with a smooth slide guitar twanging in the distance. Klauber had his glow in the spotlight as well, showcasing his cool 80's Elvis Costello swagger or even a modern day nod to Chris Owens of The Girls. Either way, the band delivered the sonic goods and the upcoming SXSW should garner more support from new fans. Also, look for the band's upcoming daytrotter session from March.
The highlight of the evening featured ambient shoegaze sextet from Philadelphia, A Sunny Day in Glasgow. The solid 60-minute mesmerizing performance by the band were lead by the dueling angelic vocals of Jen Goma and Annie Frederickson coupled with the spacey guitars licks of Ben Daniels. Also at the driving wheel were Ryan Newmyer on the thumping bass, Josh Meakim on trancey guitars and Adam Herndon on bombastic drums. Sunny Day hit the road following the release of its recent EP, Nightime Rainbows and its magnificient, 2009 third LP, Ashes Grammar; a 22 track celebration of shoegaze scene, which calls to mind, the early works of Lush or the late works of Northern Picture Library or Slowdive's Pygmallion. Nevertheless, the cacophony of sound filled up the room brightly with its heavenly salute to shoegaze, which had me staring at my shoes entranced by a higher light. While playing such favorites as "Close Chorus," "Ashes Math" and "Nighttime Rainbow," the band encored with a cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Everywhere."