Last year Oakland, California, band Trails and Ways captured my attention with a killer batch of singles that blew me out of the water. Those singles are a part of their new EP Trilingual, and they have embarked on their first national tour in support of the EP.
The 4-piece were making their first ever performance in New York City at Pianos. It was good to finally put some faces to the band, who effortlessly were able to recreate the vibes felt on their songs. They played the tracks from the EP, as well as a few new tunes. The vibrant feel of “Border Crosser” and “Nunca” were super smooth, but it was the post-punk dance nature of “Mtn Tune” that stole the show. Clean harmonies and fun radiant dance melodies highlight all their tracks with a most accessible groove.
It was only their first NYC appearance, but I am certain that in a few years much bigger venues will come their way. They got the live chops and songs that people will eat up.
They play Knitting Factory tonight as well. If you’re in the area, be sure to catch them.