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Album Review + Gallery: Half Waif, Japanese Breakfast (recordBar / Kansas City, MO)

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Photos by Anna Selle

Half Waif oozed that sticky, dreamy, bedroom pop sound as the enthused Sunday-night crowd trickled into recordBar. For a three piece, Half Waif makes a lot of noise. The project from Nandi Rose Plunkett, Half Waif is out in support of their latest release, Lavender, and making new fans left and right, myself included. The powerful trio perfectly warmed up the crowd with their mellow vibe and heavy grooves; working to build anticipation for Japanese Breakfast, the evening’s headliner.

Michelle Zauner – Japanese Breakfast – entered the room like a ball of fire. Hopping right on stage and kicking off the whirring and dynamic set. It’s difficult to sound perfect when you move as ferociously as Zauner does, but she truly nailed it. The band, as a whole, embodied a funkiness; be it the bobbing drummer, the dancing guitarist, the writhing bassist…watching Japanese Breakfast on stage made you want to dance with them.

Tearing through a set of everything a JBrekkie fan could want, the quartet covered a majority of their discography during the hour plus set. Disappearing momentarily to come back for one encore song, Zauner declare, “This one’s a cover, hope that’s ok.” The crowd approved with riotous applause. I began to make my way to the back of the venue – I had to buy Psychopomp on vinyl, I’m that guy. My transaction finished just as the band gently went into “Dreams” by the Cranberries. The crowd danced just as hard as they did from the get-go.