BØRNS, Handsome Ghost and Misterwives Kick-off Tour in Philly [show review]

Union Transfer was flooded with a sold out crowd for Misterwives' kick-off tour date in Philly.  We witnessed a solid night of exciting acts from across the US including Boston’s Handsome Ghost, California (by way of Michigan)’s BØRNS, and NYC’s Misterwives.

Electro-Acoustic duo Handsome Ghost kicked off the night.  They’re currently on tour in preparation for their new Steps EP, which is out on March 10th. They provided a perfect dreamy set-up for the night.  Offering an interesting mix of vocals similar to Andrew McMahon, set to various auto-tuned effects.  They threw a curveball in when they decided to cover The 1975’s “Sex” to reel in the crowd.

I was most looking forward to seeing BØRNS, who was sandwiched in the middle of the line-up.  They delivered a spot on performance featuring all the songs we’ve come to love on the Candy EP, along with some new tunes I'm sure we can look forward to on an upcoming album.  The five-piece kicked off the set with the internet gem “10,000 Emerald Pools” and moved through the set with the rest of their impressive catalog.  They ended with "Electric Love," which you can find on the current Netflix commercials.  My only complaint is that the set wasn't long enough, but I'll correct that notion next time BØRNS comes through town.

Misterwives closed out the night with the high energy set everyone was looking for.  Philly was the kick off city for their very first headlining tour.  You could see the band’s gleaming excitement throughout the night, seeing the packed house.  Bassist William Hehir even shared with us his new "MW" tattoo commemorating the event.  Misterwives provided a refreshing mix of instruments to keep things alive, like adding in the occasional accordion and saxophone.  To really throw everyone for a loop, the band came together at the front of the stage mid-set to break things down to an acoustic set (complete with glockenspiel).  They came back for an encore of ‘Uptown Funk’, making it their own.  Misterwives knew how to play it, covering the entire stage with their energy and keeping the crowd involved.

Words by: Carolyn Lederach

Photos by: Lisa Sasserath-Boehm & Carolyn Lederach