After a long series of connecting flights, over-priced airport bars, and cramped airplanes full of screaming children – I’m finally back in Illinois. This past weekend, I caught up with Tara Terra on their summer tour of the East Coast.
On July 4, I surprised the band by showing up to the Brooklyn apartment where they were staying. I had already been in New York for roughly three days and it was a rough time staying silent on social media for the sake of the surprise. Nevertheless, it worked. We rang in the holiday from a rooftop in Williamsburg that had a fantastic view of the skyline.
Sunday rolled around and as the evening set in, I made my way over to Rockwood Music Hall in lower Manhattan. They kicked off the set with the first track from Daughter, “Smoke,” and the crowd loved it. As their set drifted away from their debut album into the newer tunes, I noticed something different. They’ve really started to dial in their sound in recent months. Everything just seemed fluid. Rachael Wilson’s harmonies with frontwoman Emily Otnes’ lead vocals were really flowing together.
Hell, the whole band was flowing and working as one unit. It was an awesome thing to take in with a room full of folks who hadn’t seen or heard them before.
I’ve seen a lot of Tara Terra shows and a lot of Emily Otnes & The Weekdays shows, and I can say with full confidence after seeing this show in New York that they are at their best and they can only go up from here.
You can catch Tara Terra Friday night (7/10) in Chicago with The 92s and The Hudson Branch at The Abbey, or Saturday (7/11) for their homecoming show with Euriah at Mike N Molly’s in downtown Champaign.