By Jordan Meiland
This article includes three separate pieces documenting The Stood's early events this semester, by Beat contributor Jordan Meiland.
The First Show
Saturday night at Purchase College is full of possibilities. You might go to a party with friends. You might invite people over to your room and have a movie night. You might attend the very first Stood concert of the decade.
The concert, on Saturday, Jan. 25, was one of many firsts. It was the first Stood concert of the semester, year and decade. Hosted at Whitson’s, the Stood’s smaller music venue, the lineup consisted of Find Us At Night, Yoshi T, Vibe World Order and BINKI.
At around 9:00 p.m., Find Us At Night, a 3-piece R&B/Pop group, took the stage. Dressed in matching sunglasses, the group, composed of Alex Smith (vocals and saxophone), Matthew Vicari (bass) and Conor Heaphy (drums and keys) performed a diverse collection of songs, ranging from original material to covers. A remixed version of Justin Bieber’s “What Do You Mean?” garnered lots of applause and cheers from the already-enthusiastic audience. Their version had a slightly different tempo and had a unique song structure. Smith’s saxophone playing, accompanied by Vicari’s bass work and Heaphy’s drum and keyboard abilities, was a highlight of their set.
Next to perform was Yoshi Takahashi, also known as Yoshi T, accompanied by Eli Judah, who played the (beats/programming). The singer tore into the set with lots of energy as the dense audience shuffled forward, creating a very intimate feeling in the room. As he paced back and forth, rapping, the audience began rapping along and taking videos. Some of his songs, which contain elements of Rap, Soul and Alternative Hip Hop, were being performed live for the first time that night. The songs, off his album KUMO MONO (which roughly translates to “cloud thing”) were well-received by the audience.
Following Yoshi-T was Vibe World Order, an alternative hip-hop group from Union County, New Jersey. The group, composed of Redge (vocals), Giní (vocals), JTT (vocals), Groovy (vocals), Almighty Hendrix (vocals) and Lez (DJ) conjured a mosh pit of energetic show-goers almost instantly. It didn’t take long for members of Vibe World Order to start venturing into the audience. Each vocalist had at least one segment as the featured vocals while the others provided backing in the form of gang vocals or shouts. All members maintained a very active stage presence, whether it was dancing along to the beats or calling for a group huddle with the audience. The audience seemed to enjoy the group’s up-close-and-personal performance, often dancing or jumping arm in arm with the members.
Finally, BINKI, an alternative hip-hop artist from New York came on. A solo performer, he began his set with two guitar-and-voice songs, one of which was a cover of Daniel Caeser’s song “Best Part.” When he finished “Best Part,” he put the guitar down, turned to the laptop and summoned a flood of beats to get the crowd moving. Surely enough, the crowd began moving along to the infectiously-catchy rhythms. Between songs, he joked with the audience about how “y’all spelled ‘sunny’ wrong.” As he performed, BINKI danced along to the music. Energy was constant throughout.
At 11:25 p.m., the concert finished, and audience members approached BINKI and other performers to express their gratitude for putting on the show.
Overall, the Stood put on a very memorable concert full of energy, passion and enthusiasm. If you’ve never attended a show at the Stood, try going to one. They are a quintessential part of being a Purchase student.
The Whims, Bread Boy and Others play Whitson’s
On Jan. 30, 2020, the Stood hosted a five-act concert at Whiston’s. The lineup consisted of Purchase-based acts: Willem, Nick Granelle and The Whims and touring acts Julian and Bread Boy.
At 8:48 p.m., Willem, a one-man pop act, opened the show. His setup was simple, consisting of just a guitar and a microphone. He serenated the audience with a handful of songs, including some off his 2019 EP, EP. Between songs, audiences jokingly implored Willem to play songs by Australian children’s music group, The Wiggles. Willem acknowledged the audience’s request but opted to play his own material instead.
At 9:06, Julian, an Indie Pop + Emo duo from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, took the stage. The duo, consisting of Julia Leiby (vocals and guitar) and Jacob Crofoot (guitar), began their set at 9:06. It was also the first night of their four-day tour of the Northeast (after Purchase, they’d play Albany, Boston and New York City). As Leiby delivered soothing vocals, Crofoot guided the songs with a variety of clever guitar riffs and melodies.
Starting at 9:33 was Nick Granelle, a solo Indie + Alternative artist. Granelle performed a diverse set of songs ranging from guitar-driven jams to rap tracks. Utilizing a variety of audio effects, including his petal board, his sounds filled the room. In response, the audience shouted and cheered enthusiastically. Between songs, like with Willem, the audience requested material by The Wiggles. Granelle responded with a brief cover of Fruit Salad (a popular song by The Wiggles) before finishing his set with original material.
At 10:11, following Nick Granelle, Bread Boy, an Emo Bedroom Pop/Alternative Rock act from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania performed. Consisting of Jacob Crofoot (vocals, keys and guitar) and Red Cumpston (guitar), Bread Boy began at 10:11. Making use of audio effects from guitar pedals and keyboard tones, the room quickly became immersed in Bread Boy’s music. A round of applause for Cumpston was given as well.
Finally, at 10:53, The Whims took the stage. The Whims consist of Cody Zusman (vocals and guitar), Austin Smith (vocals and bass), Solomon Falls (vocals and guitar) and Will Heintz (drums). The Rock and Psychedelic four-piece played an energy-filled set that easily got the audience dancing and pushing along to the music. As Zusman and Falls traded off vocal duties and guitar parts, Heintz guided the band with his skillful drumming. Meanwhile, Smith, dressed in a cowboy hat, tank top, jean shorts and boots, danced around stage playing his bass upside-down. Stage lights flashed as the band tore through their set. A post-set talk with Zusman revealed that The Whims are about to record an album.
The concert ended at 11:17. Per usual, audience members made efforts to acknowledge the performers by chatting with them and thanking them for their time. The night’s performers also stuck around for each other’s sets. Overall, it was a very successful Thursday night.
On Pink, Ultra Deluxe and Dumpster Rule The Stood
On Feb. 1, the Stood hosted a three-act concert at Whitson’s. The lineup consisted of Dumpster, Ultra Deluxe and On Pink.
At 8:52 p.m., Dumpster, a Purchase-based Punk Noise trio, opened the show. The band consists of Claire Parcells (vocals, guitar and drums), Grace Goss (vocals, guitar and drums) and Cally Mansfield (vocals and bass). The band played a high-energy set that got the packed room moving easily. Each member sang lead vocals at some point and, during the last song, Goss and Parcells traded instruments for the performance of their song “Suny Purchase Love Song.” During “Suny Purchase Love Song,” Mansfield, still holding her bass, jumped into the audience and was instantly surrounded by ecstatic show-goers. Goss also jumped into the audience at one point during the song. In just twenty minutes, Dumpster managed to bring an immense amount of energy to Whitson’s that left the audience wanting more.
Following Dumpster was Ultra Deluxe, a Screamo Chiptune* duo from Brooklyn, New York. The band consists of Max Narotzky (vocals and drums) and Emily Zimmerman (bass). The band’s performance was an enticing one, thanks to their arsenal of audio effects and programming. Carefully-coordinated 8-bit melodies seamlessly weaved themselves into the band’s steady instrumentation. The unique blend of screams and video game-esque sounds filled the room. During their last song “Collison”, Narotzky’s passion was all but too visible as they slammed their drumsticks against the snare and walked off stage and through the crowd, screaming maniacally. Zimmerman also began screaming at the top of her lungs as she stared off at Narotzky.
The final act of the night was On Pink, a Noise Rock trio from Staten Island, New York. The trio consists of Danny Eberle (vocals and drums), Joe Ippolito (vocals and guitar) and Thomas Giuzio (vocals and bass). The band’s headlining set was nothing short of incredible. Within minutes, a push pit opened up in the crowd and stayed throughout the set. For the first part of the set, Eberle mostly sang and played drums while Ippolito and Giuzio played complex guitar and bass parts. Using a massive pedal board, Ippolito produced a wide variety of interesting sounds and effects that ranged from looping tracks to obscure guitar tones. The energy in the room was constant throughout. People pushed, jumped and bumped into others like a cluster of electrons. In fact, an audience member got knocked to the ground twice, due to pushing and shoving behind them. Although no injuries were sustained, these incidents did temporarily affect the set. Ippolito’s microphone stand was knocked down at one point and both his and Giuzio’s pedal boards were landed on by audience members. Still, they kept playing on. They even played an encore, after the audience shouted for more music.
Overall, the concert was a success. Each band showed command over their instruments and were received well by the audience. Between each set, audience members would thank the performers for playing and coming out to play our lovely school.