An Intimate Night at Brighton Music Hall With Triathalon and The Marías

November 23, 2018 | By Christian Kwok

On Nov. 20, the bundled up line of concert-goers outside Brighton Music Hall turned ecstatic the moment they heard their favorite bands practicing inside the intimate venue. On this night, both The Marías and Triathalon would excite an eager crowd for hours on end.

The Marías, a Los Angeles based band whose sound is a dreamlike fusion of psychedelia and bossa nova, took their time to set up on stage, giving fans a hint of the impeccable performance that was to come. Bassist Carter Lee, guitarist Jesse Perlman, keyboardist Edward James, and drummer and  producer James Conway were finally joined onstage by singer María, to the crowd’s approval.

Photo Courtesy of The Marías

In her soft-spoken voice, María greeted audience members and was welcomed with a thunderous applause. In response, the band promptly took fans away with “Cariño,” a love song off the band’s second EP , “Superclean, Vol. II.” As the lead singer drifted around the stage in her glimmering pink pants, the band played classics from their first EP , “Superclean, Vol. I,” including “I Don’t Know You,” “Superclean,” and the all-Spanish, fan-favorite, “Basta Ya.” 

Awe-struck fans embraced tranquil smiles in the lounge-like environment that The Marías have always embraced. The slow movement of María’s hips mirrored the swaying movements of the crowd; each song evoking soft smiles. 

The Marías  played a variety of tracks off of “Superclean, Vol. II,” including “Over the Moon,” and “ABQ,” and they ended their set with “Clueless,” one of their most popular songs from the new album. 

After a short intermission, Triathalon came on. The stage aura changed from a 70s bar-lounge to one of an intimate living space, a feel that characterized the songs that fans have come to love. 

Triathalon, a band of Georgia natives turned New Yorkers, have acquired a cult following with their genreless music, one that has elements of R&B, with hints of Lo-Fi and Hip-Hop. Their band consists of four graduates from Savannah College of Art and Design: lead singer Adam Intrator, and band members Alex Previty, Hunter Jayne, and Chad Chilton. All members of the band came out onto stage, placing their beers on the floor. 

As the stage lit up, each member of the band put on cowboy hats, showcasing the carefree environment that they’ve always promoted.  

Much of the Triathalon’s focus in their music comes with their distinct, recognizable use of synths, twinkling bells, and mellow guitar riffs. Altogether, the sound presents itself with a detached, bedroom vibe, reminiscent of where most of Triathalon’s songs are written — in the bedroom. Wearing wrinkled t-shirts and dad jeans, Triathalon presents itself as a cozy sort of band, with a wispy, fluid dynamic that captivates its listeners. Add the dream-like lyrics which can only be noted as a ‘lite’ version of R&B, makes for a sound unlike any other band. 

Triathalon played songs from their new album, “Online,” to the crowd’s excitement. Starting off slow with songs such as “3” and “Hard to Move,” they transitioned into poppier, faster songs. “Courtside” and “Hawaiian Boi” brought the crowd closer together. In between songs, lead singer Adam Intrator constantly came down to the crowd, asking them to sing along as one big family. By the end of the night, the entire audience was singing along with the band, laughing and smiling in sync. 

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