GEMS @ MUSIC HALL OF WILLIAMSBURG

When it comes to music of Washington D.C., Go-Go and early punk are probably the first sounds that come to mind. Still, GEMS — a new project from Clifford John Usher and Lindsay Pitts of Birdlips — is one of several young bands helping to shift that perception (See also: Priests). The duo’s lovely music is haunting and hypnotic with crisp Beach House-like guitar melodies, throbbing synth pads and the Pitts’ dreamy vocals. And while it doesn’t yet have a full-length record out, the band’s EP, Medusa holds a lot of promise thanks to striking pop songs like “Pegusus” and “Sinking Stone.” This is a new band already confident in its live show, and bound to fill bigger spaces soon.

GEMS plays Music Hall Of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY on Nov. 11, 2013.
GEMS plays Music Hall Of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY on Nov. 11, 2013. (© Michael Katzif – Do not use or republish without prior consent.)
GEMS plays Music Hall Of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY on Nov. 11, 2013.
GEMS plays Music Hall Of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY on Nov. 11, 2013. (© Michael Katzif – Do not use or republish without prior consent.)
GEMS plays Music Hall Of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY on Nov. 11, 2013.
GEMS plays Music Hall Of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY on Nov. 11, 2013. (© Michael Katzif – Do not use or republish without prior consent.)
GEMS plays Music Hall Of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY on Nov. 11, 2013.
GEMS plays Music Hall Of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY on Nov. 11, 2013. (© Michael Katzif – Do not use or republish without prior consent.)
GEMS plays Music Hall Of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY on Nov. 11, 2013.
GEMS plays Music Hall Of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY on Nov. 11, 2013. (© Michael Katzif – Do not use or republish without prior consent.)

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