Emotional Rollercoaster: Ride to Warped Tour
Meghann Wright played her last concert (at least for a while) in Manhattan’s LES, Mercury Lounge, Tuesday night, opening up for Tyler Lyle. She entertained a tough crowd of New Yorkers on a rainy Tuesday evening, in preparation for her Warped Tour participation this summer, as an Acoustic Basement artist.
Ms. Wright, a Native of Hawaii, started the night with a somewhat relaxed vibe despite her rocker persona (rain boots, tattoos and a flannel shirt created the ensemble of the night) but she was able to capture the audience and ended up engaging the crowd. She created an intimate atmosphere where you could really appreciate the quality of her songwriting. Standing alone with her acoustic guitar on a dimly light stage also added to this experience. Ms. Wright is nothing if not an emotional (self-proclaimed) and profound writer. Her resonant lyrics were obviously wholehearted and intensely felt by the artist and audience members alike.
The night began with her latest single “Vacancy.” The metaphorical lyrics compared her heart to an unlocked room. Another taste of what is to expect from Ms. Wright’s latest album Nothing Left to Lose, that drops June 30th, is “Leaving Cleveland”. The song relays Meghann’s experience of an abusive relationship with the touching words “nothing left to bruise, nothing left to lose”. “Can’t carry Water,” is a beautiful descriptive sentiment of not being able to hold on.”Cocaine,” strangely fascinating, with its tongue and check attitude- Meghann preempted the song as “a song about feelings”. Dually noted and not to be overlooked were the particularly high-quality guitar playing skills throughout the performance. During the lyrics “don’t go down to the water’s edge, nobody is waiting for you,” Ms. Wright hit some light and airy high notes that were a contrast to the Janis Joplin raspy vocals she conveyed through most of the show.
Sometimes you can just truly connect with what the artist has put all their energy into trying to communicate. A half an hour set might not be long, but with the good ones, it clicks during one song. The strength and joy of watching Meghann Wright perform is getting lost in her effortless words and the way her music touches your being.
Whistling, as unexpected touch to the opening song, may create uniqueness in Meghann’s artistry, combine that with her raspy yet somehow velvety vocals and you have the stylings of Meghan Wright. She is a rock musician for a new generation, channeling back to what made the greats of the 60s so classic.