The Virgins @ Mercury Lounge (May 26, 2012)

By Will Oliver, May 27th 2012 — with 1 comment Concert Reviews

Openers Grand Rapids set the tone with a great opening set that had most of the crowd head bobbing and moving. “Feels Like A Lifetime” soared above the rest, proving to be their big gun. Their debut album should be a good one if most of the songs we heard are included.

The Virgins came out looking a hell of a lot different than I remembered them. That’s because frontman Donald Cumming is the only original member from the lineup of 4 years ago. Not only is their image different, but their sound is heading in a different direction. The new songs still sound like it’s coming from The Virgins, just with more of an Americana influence. Some of the new stuff could even be considered ballads, with Cumming on piano, and some crowd members getting restless.

They didn’t leave much room for older material, only playing a couple off their still fantastically fun debut album. One notable omission was “Rich Girls”, which the crowd was desperete to hear. After waiting almost 4 years, can you blame them? The new songs were hit-and-miss, and with almost no older material to comfort us with, it left me feeling mixed with the show.

I think some of the songs need to be recorded before I judge them, which is usually a fair case. But I got to say, I’m a little worried about their direction. Here’s to proving me wrong guys.

Here’s their new single “Venus Is Chains” which I meant to post last week. But the timing seems to work:

[mp3]: The Virgins – Venus In Chains

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