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Taproot Give New York City ‘Gift’ of Performing Debut Album in Its Entirety

Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Taproot took New York fans back to the band’s beginning, as they performed their first album, ‘Gift,’ in the gloomy yet charming space that is the Studio at Webster Hall last night (July 2).

The band rocked the album from beginning to end, as fans belted out, “Smile / Can’t you see I’m still me anti-authority / Same philosophy / Enjoying life as much as / I can I will” during the first verse of ‘Smile,’ the lead song off of ‘Gift.’

In an interview before the show with vocalist Stephen Richards, he told us that he doesn’t feel like the most confident frontman when onstage, but his amusing and charismatic presence delighted fans. Not to mention the funny faces and eye contact he showed the crowd made fans feel a personal connection and made the band’s set all the more entertaining.

There was no barricade or separation between Taproot and their fans and, as a whole, the energy of ‘Gift’ was captured as lyrics were spewed out by fans and by Richards himself. The band ended their forceful set with one of their most notable tunes, ‘Poem,’ off of their album, ‘Welcome,’ which celebrated its 10 year anniversary last year.

East Coast band Dive served as support as they put on one hell of a show with their relentless vigor. They even performed a heavy yet melodic rendition of Chris Issac’s ‘Wicked Game.’

New York natives Cracked Alice kicked off the night with some heavy tunes and despite technical difficulties, they gave fans a serious drum solo to go with some improvising onstage.

Before the opening act took the stage, Taproot frontman Stephen Richards came over and spoke to some fans who lined the front row. Taproot have been going strong for over 13 years and with unique and heavy tunes and their humble personalities, they’ve carved out a strong bond with their devoted fans.

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