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Concert review: Handsome Ghost brings the intimacy to Boston

Outside the Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub, a rustic tavern located in the chic area of Cambridge, fans were lined up hours before the doors even opened to see Boston-based indie group, Handsome Ghost. The band would share the stage with Los Angeles’ own Flor. Once the doors opened, fans flooded the small venue and prepared for an intimate night of indie music.

Handsome Ghost is touring their album, Welcome Back, which dropped at the end of January. Bostonian songwriter, Tim Noyes’s collaboration with instrumentalist Eddie Byun, shows the perfect combination between hearty acoustic melodies and bursts of electronic beats, giving this an energetic twist from the usual melancholic heartache. The band began with songs mostly dominated by Noyes’ raw vocals and slowly transitioned towards more complementary cathartic beats.


The band opened with their hit song “Shallow City”, setting an sanguine mood within the audience. Followed by “Honest Mistake”, where Noyes began to loosen up. He swayed with the melody while the excited audiencesang along. Soon, Noyes added his acoustic guitar for the next song “Fools”. This loving ballad had the audience mesmerized by the profound lyrics.

In the middle of the performance, Noyes said a few words about how happy he was to be performing in his hometown of Boston, also humorously adding how there was no pressure as his parents came to watch him perform. After the speech, more upbeat songs were played such as “Reckless Lover”, an upbeat song talking about a bittersweet memory of letting go.  Some of their other songs included “Indian Summer” a song about getting over and leaving someone behind, “Here’s to Endings” and “Creatures”.


The dim colored dark lights alongside the poignant performance gave the audience an unforgettable experience and a chance to see a glimpse of Noyes’ personal life. The performance gave a sense of therapeutic relief as each song was an individually crafted phase of love and heartbreak.


Handsome Ghost is on tour throughout March and their new album, Welcome Home, can be found on Spotify. 

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