Jean Dawson and slowthai Tear It Up at Webster Hall [Concert Review]

Freddie Fine

You know when the floor is quite literally non-stop bouncing you have witnessed quite the show. The insane lineup of Jean Dawson and slowthai graced the stage of New York City’s Webster Hall last Friday night, two performers that on their own would’ve been enough action. Yet, after three hours of straight moshing, I couldn’t have been happier.

I saw Jean Dawson live for the first time at Junior Varsity’s “A Fucking Weekend” in Brooklyn last summer. He is not only one of my favorite artists of all time but undoubtedly my favorite performer, creating a crowd energy unlike any other, and Friday was no different. From the very first song, people were recklessly flailing themselves across the floor, having the best time of their lives. I always love a live band at a concert, and Jean’s certainly contributed to an incredible atmosphere, headlined by guitarist Zach Fogarty, who also serves as Jean’s main producer. Jean played mostly songs from Pixel Bath, including my favorite, “Clear Bones,” and also performed his two recent singles which everyone was screaming along to, “MENTHOL*” and “PORN ACTING*.” Most excitingly, he played an unreleased song, and to say I’m extremely excited for its release is an understatement.

Following up was slowthai, and how can I not rave about his performance? His stage presence is unparalleled, possessing the ability to rile up the crowd with a flick of his wrist. Combined with the exuberant nature of his music, he had everyone going crazy the entire time. He played banger after banger from his recent album TYRON, from the high energy “45 SMOKE” and “MAZZA” to the mellower, breath catching but tear jerking “i tried” and “push.” Any sense of fatigue was completely forgotten when he took a moment to throw it back to “T N Biscuits” towards the end. I have never seen a crowd so engaged and constantly excited as Friday’s was for slowthai – you cannot miss the rest of his U.S. tour.

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