Like heralds of a finally bright, abloom Buffalo, MisterWives jumped around the Town Ballroom stage on Monday in vibrant, eye-popping garb and floated warm, energizing indie pop-rock ballads to a welcoming crowd.
Youthfully imaginative yet worldly and wise, MisterWives produces pop hits with substance. A keen and cool confidence shined through consistently as frontwoman Mandy Lee belted out everything from a defiantly optimistic "Coloring Outside The Lines" to a wistful cover of "Dreams" by the Cranberries. (This proudly Irish city swayed along in your honor, Dolores).
The New York City-bred group is excessively animated and theatrical. Between squint-eyed smiles and leg-kicks, Lee made it a point to engage with each band member. Whether leaning into guitarist Marc Campbell, tapping on bassist William Hehir's leg with a drumstick or mounting drummer (and her fiancé) Etienne Bowler's drum set, Lee proved herself a catalyst for the band's relentlessly high-energy set.
It's common courtesy for a band to shout out a show's host city, but extended applause resulting in abounding wide grins and bashfully red cheeks onstage signaled a genuine appreciation for the crowd's interactions. "Thanks for reminding us why we never take this for granted," Lee told the crowd.
Buffalo served as a tail-end stop on MisterWives' short-but-sweet "Let The Light In" tour. The red-hot six-piece has warmed up crowds for the likes of Panic! At The Disco, Paramore, Twenty One Pilots and – as seen in Buffalo RiverWorks in September last year for Alternative Buffalo's Birthday Show – Foster The People.
MisterWives will return to that role when the band joins forces with Walk The Moon and Rochester's Joywave for Thirty Seconds to Mars' North American tour over the summer. That powerhouse tour kicks off June 6 in Toronto.
Monday night in Town Ballroom