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MisterWives in NYC

Words and photos by Ann Storlie

MisterWives returned to New York City on September 15th for an incredible sold-out show at Pier 17, bringing along co-headliner Bishop Briggs and opener Raffaella. Formed in New York City, alt-pop band MisterWives have had a nearly decade-long career spanning different musical eras. The band recently released their fourth studio-album Nosebleeds, taking fans into their new era of punk. 

Photo by Ann Storlie

Before Misterwives took the stage, British-American artist Bishop Briggs graced her presence, starting atop a large LED-screen projection box to her track “Art of Survival.” Her hour-long set ranged from new tracks “Revolution” and “Baggage” to “MY SHINE,” “JEKYLL & HIDE,” and “TATTOOED ON MY HEART” from her second album CHAMPION. Bishop Briggs recently won the music competition show The Masked Singer dressed as Medusa. Briggs told the crowd she enjoyed the freedom to choose which songs she performed on that stage before treating the crowd to one of her covers from the show “Take Me To Church” by Hozier. Fans were delighted to hear early tracks from her debut album Church of Scars especially since she closed out the set with a fan favorite “River.” Briggs created an unmatched energy to follow into Misterwives’ soon to be unforgettable performance.

Photo by Ann Storlie

The five-piece started strong with “Out of Your Mind” while vocalist Mandy Lee sang atop the shared projection box Bishop Briggs had used earlier in the evening. The lighting was red and matched the songs themes of angst and fury in contrast with members smiling at each other, happy to be back on the stage. 

MisterWives’ set took us on a musical journey, as the band largely played tracks from Nosebleeds. As Lee hopped offstage to join the crowd, the rest of the band kept their own energy alive onstage. All members were dressed to the nines in their best matching suits with Mike Murphy (keys, saxophone) on stage left, drummer Etienne Bowler across from him, and bassist William Hehir and guitarist Marc Campbell taking over the front. The band played “Dagger,” “All The Same,” “Sideways,” and “Trip Around The Sun” and kept the crowd captivated as they seamlessy moved in sync.

The band kept the energy going with “whywhywhy,” “Trigger Pull,” and “Too Late” before Lee sat eye level with the front of the crowd to perform their slow song “Ultraviolet,” donning a vest with arrows, reminiscent of the image gracing Nosebleeds cover. 

Photo by Ann Storlie

MisterWives concluded their set with 2020’S “SUPERBLOOM” before taking us back to where it all began for “Our Own House” and “Reflections” from their debut 2015 album Our Own House. The band chose not to have an encore, and instead remained onstage to close with “Other Side” and “Nosebleeds” before the band took their signature group bow. As fans slowly exited out of the venue, you can hear them gush about their favorite songs being played and make a promise to attend the next time the band comes back to town. As a diehard Misterwives fan, this would be the tour to remember that captured every era of the band’s career in one unforgettable night.

Check out the rest of the photos from the show below!


Bishop Briggs


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