Indie rock band MisterWives was the first to perform on the Movin’ On Main Stage Friday afternoon. The misty cold rain didn’t stop the crowd, and front woman Mandy Lee thanked the Penn State audience for braving the cold temperatures. Fresh off their new album “Our Own House,” they picked “Best I Can Do” to open their set.
“Penn State are you ready to have some fun,” Lee shouted to an ecstatic Movin’ On crowd. With her long red hair pulled back in french braids and sparkles under eyes, she held nothing back and shared her infectious energy with the audience. MisterWives included some unconventional instrument accompaniments on many of their songs such as a trumpet and a saxophone.
After Lee became comfortable with the audience she opened up on some issues she deems important. She said that, as a female artist, she is constantly under the spotlight on how she looks or how her music sounds. She explained that it’s time for society to stop having ridiculous standards for both men and women. Lee told the crowd she wants to break the stigmas or, in her words, “a bunch of bullshit that strips us of who we are.”
She then threw a little shade at some of the politicians that are doing just that, and shared her unhappiness with some topics in the media. “I strongly believe that love trumps hate,” she said to a fired up audience.
She asked the crowd to promise “that [they]will do anything and everything to create equality between woman and men,” as the band transitioned into its song “Not Your Way.”
Inching toward the end of its set, MisterWives kept the crowd going with their 2014 hit that helped skyrocket them to popularity, “Reflections.”
As their time on the Movin’ On Stage came to a close, Lee graciously thanked Happy Valley for welcoming them with open arms. “We will dream of you until we meet again,” she said. “Thank you for supporting our music, for connecting with our music, turning our wildest fucking dreams into reality, and being a part of our family Penn State. With out further ado…welcome to our house!”
The group closed out the stage with hit song “Our Own House” which evoked the loudest audience response of the night. MisterWives certainly did not disappoint as Movin’ On’s main stage opener.