Bouts are one of a number of Irish bands playing this year’s CMJ showcase in New York. The Dublin four-piece are keeping a diary for the Point of Everything. Here’s entry number two.

Bouts by the pier on the West Side/Jersey City side of Manhatttan

Jetlag dispensed with, we attacked Manhattan by walking as far as we could and taking in everything on the way. This seemed to revolve around various music shops, oogling equipment, guitar pedals and frantic dollar to euro conversions. One of the stores was Ludlows on Ludlow Street, Manhattan. Ludlow Street is a gorgeous collection of chic cafés, eateries and even a tequileria! It’s got Pianos & Cake Shop – two venues fellow Music From Ireland compadrés Squarehead and So Cow will play during CMJ. And it’s got The Living Room – where we played on Sunday night.

Pedal testing in Ludlow’s Guitars…

It’s a red velvet curtain kinda place, with art for sale on the walls and a bucket passed round for collection for the artists as they perform. We might have shattered the usually more mellow Sunday night vibe but as first shows go it was decent and we enjoyed breaking our NYC gigging duck. Ludlow Street will be a CMJ hub. A “zoo” as Steve, our soundman on the night, put it. East Village, Greenwich Vollage and The WTC site were also ticked off the list on a busy first day proper. The balmy mid-October weather is making it all terribly bearable – “enjoyable” even!

Colin, Barry, Niall and Daniel after Bouts’ first gig at CMJ

(Here’s Bouts’ first diary entry.)