Webster Hall, a historic venue nestled in the heart of New York City’s East Village, witnessed a vibrant transformation last Thursday night, as it morphed into the epicenter of an indie rock dance party. Headlining the event were Sun Room, acclaimed as the “ringleaders of SoCal’s thriving surf-rock scene.” The night’s eclectic lineup also featured Ray Bull, the Bushwick-based duo known for their popular TikTok account, and the high-energy English alternative rock band, Sports Team.
Ray Bull kicked off the evening’s festivities, taking the stage armed with electric guitars and pre-recorded beats. Musicians Aaron Graham and Tucker Elkins, whose viral TikTok account showcases their knack for uncovering musical similarities, dazzled the audience with their harmonious melodies. Their enchanting performance resonated with the crowd, setting the tone for an unforgettable night.
Following Ray Bull’s enthralling act, Sports Team burst onto the stage with an infectious energy that was impossible to ignore. Each band member sported a distinctive look, but it was Ben Mack who stole the spotlight with his unwavering composure mastering the keyboard while simultaneously handling the tambourine. Lead singer Alex Rice, a charismatic force of nature, danced and flailed with boundless enthusiasm. Early in their set, Rice encouraged the audience to form a mosh pit, a testament to the band’s reputation for raucous live shows back in the UK. Performing tracks from both their 2020 album Deep Down Happy and their 2022 release Gulp! Sports Team electrified the crowd, leaving them buzzing with excitement.
Finally, the moment everyone had been waiting for arrived as Sun Room took the stage, impeccably attired in suits. Despite not having a full album to their name yet, they exuded the confidence and stage presence of seasoned indie rock veterans. Their setlist was a captivating journey through their distinctive sound, highlighted by a mesmerizing cover of Modern Lovers’ classic “Roadrunner.” The choice of this iconic track seamlessly integrated into their set, serving as a bridge between the band’s contemporary sound and the influential bands of the past. Sun Room’s performance was not just a musical spectacle; it was also an educational experience for the somewhat younger audience, introducing them to the timeless echoes of rock’s rich history.
As the night concluded, Webster Hall echoed with applause and cheers, a testament to the memorable performances of the evening. Sun Room, Ray Bull, and Sports Team had transformed the venue into a haven for indie rock enthusiasts, leaving the audience with a sense of musical enlightenment and a desire for more nights like this in the thriving New York City music scene. Thursday night at Webster Hall was an indie rock dance party that would be fondly remembered for years to come.