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Show review: Vinyl Thief thrill audience at album release show

Vinyl Thief played a show at Mercury Lounge in New York on July 23, 2014 to celebrate the release of their debut album, 'Fathoms.'
Vinyl Thief played a show at Mercury Lounge in New York on July 23, 2014 to celebrate the release of their debut album, 'Fathoms.' Elise Yablon

Vinyl Thief celebrated the July 22 release of their debut album, ‘Fathoms,’ with a raucous show at Mercury Lounge on Wednesday, July 23.

Vinyl Thief played a show at Mercury Lounge in New York on July 23, 2014 celebrating the release of their new album, 'Fathoms.'
Vinyl Thief played a show at Mercury Lounge in New York on July 23, 2014 celebrating the release of their new album, 'Fathoms.'Elise Yablon

Opening the show was Brooklyn’s Isadora, who was celebrating the release of their new single “Come On Back.” The set was a bit low energy in the beginning, but by the middle they were like a whole different band. They picked up the pace and really got into the show. What the band didn’t skimp on was the passion they had for their music. Throughout their set you could see the band feeling every note they played.

When Vinyl Thief took the stage, they really blew everyone away with their stage presence. The amount of energy the band exerted on stage was phenomenal. I was particularly impressed with the way singer Grayson Proctor moved about the stage. He was bouncing around the stage like a pinball, dragging the microphone stand every which way, all while singing, playing keyboard, and banging his single drum. It was amazing to watch. Proctor didn’t even need to say anything to get the crowd moving. The energy from the set was so infectious that one could not help but get swept up in it. They had the entire, very packed room dancing along.

With that much energy, the band’s songs really came to life in the live setting. Focusing mainly on songs from their new album, ‘Fathoms,’ as well as adding in a few songs from a previous EP, crowd favorites like “Smooth,” “Middle of the Night,” and “Slow Down” sounded even better than they do on the album. They even cleverly slipped a cover of Elton John’s “Bennie and the Jets” into their song “Pipes.”

Vinyl Thief’s show was one of the most energetic I have seen in a while. From their lead singer’s manic stage presence to the inescapable urge to dance through the entire set, it was a truly outstanding show.