by Connor McNeir
On Saturday the 21st I had the opportunity to see Hundred Waters at the Bluebird Theater. Originally, almost half of the KRCX staff had planned on going, but with a threatening snowstorm on the way, the number slowly dwindled down to one. So, two friends of mine and I decided we would brave the storm and head off to the Bluebird to see the show.
When we arrived just after the first opener, there were only a few people in the crowd. Interestingly, the people around us have never seen or really listened to Hundred Waters. The people to our left had won the tickets through a local radio station, and the people to our right had heard their single, “Show Me Love”. It was surprising how many people came in the horrible weather to see a band they had never heard of.
Hundred Waters took the stage in darkness, setting the tone for their set with a track off their newest record, The Moon Rang Like a Bell, titled “Out Alee”. Their minimal light set up mixed with just a bit of fog made for a really mysterious affect, resembling rays of light. With few to no breaks in between songs, lead singer, Nicole Miglis, lead a commanding set all they way through. On talent alone she was able to capture everyones attention, making it look like the entire performance was effortless (in a good way). There were many elements of her performance that reminded me of Poliça's lead singer, Channy Leaneagh, but Miglis was able to have the same effect by standing relatively still the entire set. It was incredible.
Hundred Waters is on Skrillex’s record label, OWSLA, along with DJ’s like Porter Robinson, What So Not, and Kill The Noise. However, this was nothing like the EDM show you may encounter with one of their OWSLA label counterparts. I did not see any rave gloves or scantily clad dressed middle school girls. It was a really enjoyable experience that left me anxiously awaiting an encore, and wanting more when they returned to only play one more song. Hundred Waters is definitely a must see this year, just listening to the record does not do Nicole Miglis’s voice justice.