Sweden’s the Mary Onettes are ’80s radio playlists raiders of the highest order. On the best tracks from their second LP Islands, the band finds a wistful sweet spot between synthetic swell (everyone from New Order to a-ha) and new romantic swoon (the Cure, or even Echo & The Bunnymen). Last week, they came through NYC for their second time, to support this second album, playing three public shows — at Union Hall (11/4), the Studio @ Webster Hall (11/6), and Mercury Lounge (11/8) — and one private one at their label offices. Along the way they even did normal human things like riding subways, bar hopping in the East Village, selling CDs on street corners, returning lost wallets to NYC students, and ample etcs. Photographer Kyle Dean Reinford spent a few nights shadowing the band in their various guises and delivers this caption-filled photo essay for a peek at how much fun it is to visit the city when you’re in a band that everybody is into. Click through for the gallery, and click below for a couple of MP3s and the video for the excellent Islands standout “Puzzles.”
The Mary Onettes’ Islands is out via Labrador.