This past Friday night, New York City’s Webster Hall was treated to an incredible performance by Griff Washburn, better known as Goth Babe. The singer/songwriter, hailing from Memphis, TN put on one of the most memorable and high-energy performances I have seen so far this year.
Blood Cultures opened up the show, playing a subdued set that showcased their musical talents. The four-piece band keep their faces obscured with face paint or masks during live shows, in order to protect their identity. This night’s show was no different – the band members all had their faces painted with a skeleton design, which would make audience members think that the band has a heavier sound than they do, when in reality their music is a pleasant blend of indie/rock/pop. I greatly enjoyed their set and recommend their latest album, LUNO, to anyone reading this.
Goth Babe entered the stage to excited fans and strobing lights. He and his band kicked off the set with “Canary Islands”, a high-energy, catchy single from 2021 that got the audience in the perfect mood. After the first note of the song, each audience member appeared to be having the time of their lives, and Washburn matched their energy with his positive stage presence. Each one of the thirteen songs Goth Babe performed was matched up perfectly with the light show, and I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a more engaged, excited crowd. During “Weekend Friend”, Washburn announced that it was his manager’s birthday and had him crowd surf through the audience (in a full hazmat suit, because, you know). The band closed out their set with “Sometimes”, and bid the audience goodnight before promising to be back soon.
Photos and words by Susie McKeon.
Be sure to catch the rest of Goth Babe’s tour!