by Aaron Tian
On Friday, January 8th, a crowd of about 200 beautiful people gathered to help us celebrate the launch of Treble’s official music and culture blog, Liner Notes. With our 30-Weeks Soho office space converted into a makeshift concert hall and enough free food and booze to feed the entire tri-state area, we were ready to kick the night off. Our MC for the night, Chet Amor, got us settled in and brought on our first act, Feathers and Eyes.
Over a backdrop of 60’s Hawaiian surf footage, the soothing tones of their stripped-back acoustic set had the crowd’s attention from the first note. A few highlights included their original track “Satellite” as well as a gorgeous rendition of Bob Marley’s “Is This Love.” With lead singer/Ukelelist Alisha Roney’s vocals over-top of the minimalist rhythmic patterns and bass lines, each song they performed was unique and refreshing.
Up next was the Freaky Baby Daddies, an Afro-Punk band of New York natives who were more than ready to take the crowd over. With a gritty combination of menacing bass riffs and biting lyrics, the four-man crew lived up to every bit of weirdness and greatness implied in their name. Their charisma was undeniable as they moved from track to track, playing off of the energy from the crowd and each other.
Finally, in a block party-style finale, CEO and co-founder of Treble, Matt Bond, took the stage and dropped what can only be described as the hottest freestyle bars from any CEO in America with some help from co-founder Justin Budlow on guitar, and Tyler Matte (of THE HEYDAZE!) on the drum kit and octopad. What ensued was the best kind of madness as MC’s from Treble’s incredibly talented audience such as Jay Thursday, Chet Amor, KAMAU, meZoreZo, and AV took turns passing the mic, creating an impromptu cypher for the entire party to enjoy.
It was a really beautiful thing to see — all these people who are so passionate about what they do coming together to create something new before our very eyes. These are the moments that we here at Treble live for. This is the first of many. Stay tuned.