Misterwives brings energy to Turner Hall


Sophia Magyar

Mandy Lee of Misterwives performs. In addition to their own songs, the band played two covers.

Sophia Magyar, Writer

All the way from New York City an indie/alternative band called Misterwives made their way to Milwaukee for the third time in their career. The band formed in 2012 and now consists of members Mandy Lee(lead vocals), Etienne Bowler( percussionist), William Hehir(bass guitarist) , Marc Campbell( guitarist), Jesse Blum (multi instrumentalist), and Mike Murphy (saxophonist).  Misterwives started small by releasing an EP called Reflections in January of 2014. It consisted of 6 songs which included their most popular song, Reflections. On February 24th, 2015, Misterwives released their highly anticipated first full length album, Our Own House. Ever since the release of their album they have had a huge amount of success including their own tour.

Misterwives had announced The Scrapbook Tour shortly after the release of their album and it would start on September 23rd, 2015 in Pittsburgh, PA. Luckily Milwaukee was one of the stops on the tour.

On October 28th, 2015, the scrapbook tour took over the Turner Hall Ballroom stage.The first band to take the stage was CRUISR, which is a small indie pop band from Philadelphia. CRUISR has yet to release a full album as they only have EP’s out.

Band members Andy States (Vocals, Guitar), Jon Van Dine (Drums), Kyle Cook (Bass), and Bruno Catrambone (Guitar) work together to put on interactive and energetic performance. From their first song, Moving to Neptune, to their last song, Kidnap Me, the energy flow was constant.

Moving onto the final band before Misterwives WATERS who come from California put out one of the best opening performances I’ve ever seen. Each song they performed they made sure they included the crowd and got into the song my jumping and moving around the stage. Being front row made this experience even better than it already was.

Finally the moments of anticipation were over as Misterwives was about to take the stage. The stage was set with artificial flowers and trees to match the album cover. Next to the speakers on both sides of the stage were small platforms put up for Mandy to stand up and sing on.

The lights dim and the band members emerge onto the stage and open with Best I Can Do. Mandy(lead singer) brought energy to every song as she reached into the crowd and shook hands with audience members and danced around the stage excitedly.

Throughout the concert Misterwives did things that I’ve never seen been done at a concert before. For instance the intro to their song Not Your Way started with Mandy speaking motivational words into the mic while doing push ups. Also they had their guitarists stand up on the platforms and play out to the crowd.

Another thing that was interesting to me was that the band actually performed two covers which is unusual for bands to do live. The performed I Can’t Feel My Face by The Weeknd and I Wanna Dance With Somebody by Whitney Houston.

Sadly the concert had to come to an end but Misterwives truly did save the best for last. Their closing song Imagination Infatuation started off like any other song but then halfway through the song Mandy comes into the crowd. Since I was front row I got to experience it all as she sang to the song jumping and dancing around while interacting with the crowd. The guards took her back on stage to finish out the best concert I’ve ever been to.