Live review: The Mynabirds @ the Hi-Dive - Reverb

Live review: The Mynabirds @ the Hi-Dive

Laura Burhenn's Mynabirds takes indie-soul music in a confident new direction.

Laura Burhenn's Mynabirds takes indie-soul music in a confident new direction.

Laura Burhenn, half of the D.C. indie-pop duo Georgie James, lost her Denverginity Monday night when she performed with her latest pop-soul creation the Mynabirds at the Hi-Dive.

Let’s hope the show marked the first of more visits to Denver, as Burhenn and her band displayed a confident stage presence normally reserved for headlining acts. The Mynabirds kept the audience engaged throughout the set with their charming banter, infectiously poppy songs and Burhenn’s soulful vocals.

Despite missing their sound check due to car trouble, the Mynabirds appeared at ease as they rolled through their brief, 40-minute set. The set focused on all Mynabirds material as they played almost their entire debut record, “What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood.”

Highlights from the set included the album’s first single, a poppy soul-infused track “Numbers Don’t Lie,” the slower Motown-influenced number “What We Gained in the Fire” and “Let the Record Go,” which had the band and a healthy portion of the audience dancing. Burhenn mentioned after the set that she has not played any Georgie James material on the tour but one day may resurrect the songs “Cake Parade” and “Long Week,” Mynabirds-style, since “Cake Parade” is one of her favorites.

The Mynabirds charm lies in their humble attitude. As a supporting act for headliners Dark Dark Dark, they easily could have skated by simply going through the motions with Denver being the final stop on their West Coast tour. Instead, Burhenn and the other members told cheesy jokes, smiled a lot and ultimately won over the crowd by demonstrating how appreciative they are to play live shows. And deservedly so. I can’t remember the last time attending a show where the supporting act drew more interest than the headliner.

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Greg Stieber is a Denver freelance writer and regular contributor to Reverb.

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  • http://fivestarhotelsdenver.com Mike Daniels

    I just saw her in Salt Lake, missed this show and found the review. I'm a huge fan, and this gives a good description of what I interpret as her performance style. I love indie music and the freedom it provides. Burhenn has an incredible voice and I predict she is going to have a lasting impact on the music scene.