Indie Rock Take Over
The Ambassadors Rock Out at The NorVA
Brooklyn based band, Ambassadors, rocked fans to a sold out crowd on Saturday, Jan. 26 at Norfolk’s staple concert venue, The NorVA.
Born and raised in Ithaca, New York, childhood friends Sam Harris, Casey Harris and Noah Feldshuh and New York import, Adam Levin, who the other band mates met while attending New School University, make up the Ambassadors. The Ambassadors are a rock group that draws from various styles and merges genres, including gospel, tribal and electronica music. In doing so, the band has been able to craft a unique sound that is becoming signature to them.
Although their diverse sound has been influenced by each band mate’s personal music taste, they say the diversity of their sound happened organically. Majority of the Ambassadors’ songs are crafted around lead singer’s Sam Harris’s vocal abilities.
“A lot of it has to do with the vocal aesthetics. We are very vocally driven,” said Feldshuh
Although the band is New York based, the Ambassadors have become a local favorite. “Norfolk has been awesome,” said drummer, Adam Levin.
The Ambassadors are now played daily on 96X and they make sure they stop in Norfolk when they tour. During the show, the band’s lead singer made it a point to thank 96X for their continuous support. He personally thanked members of the 96X staff. He also told concert attendees just how lucky they were by saying, “It’s really rare to have such an awesome radio station in your hometown.”
On Saturday night, they debuted four new songs, “Habits,” “Down With Me,” “Madness” and “Heavy Forever.” Each song was warmly welcomed by fans as they swayed, danced, sang and clapped along with the band during the songs.
The Ambassadors also played a few tracks off their debut LP, “Litost.” The crowd roared as the lead singer began playing the opening chords of their lead single “Litost.” Teasing the crowd, he paused and spoke to the crowd for a few moments. When the anxiety of the wait for most of the crowd’s favorite song began to seem unbearable, the band finally dove into the lead single.
Although fans love the Ambassador’s debut LP, the band has begun to tire of the songs. Many of the LP’s songs are fairly new to fans, but for the band, the songs seem years old as they’ve been rehearsing, recording and performing these songs for years.
“I’m more excited about the newer stuff. It’s old to us. Unfortunately, as a band member, by the time you go to record them, you’ve rehearsed them so much you almost can’t tell if it’s something you like,” shared Levin.
Fans should expect to hear new music from the band before this summer hits.
Ambassadors fans that were unable to make Saturday night’s show need not to worry. The Ambassadors will be performing in Norfolk again within the next few months with bands The Postelles and The Arkells. They also will be at the SXSW music festival once again this year.
Chesapeake based folk family band composed of seven brothers and sisters, The Hunts, and Norfolk based duo, The Dahus, opened for the Ambassadors. Although the Ambassadors were the headlining act, the two local bands appeared to have their own loyal fan base in attendance.
For more information about the band, their music and upcoming tour dates, the Ambassadors can be found at ambassadorstheband.com
By: Dominique Bailey