Monday, October 7, 2013

{RECAP} smallpools, st. lucia, two door cinema club

It was such a treat to get a last minute chance to check out the outstanding trifecta of Smallpools, St. Lucia, and Two Door Cinema Club on Friday night while checking another concert venue, DAR Constitution Hall, off our bucket list. The show was fabulous and Constitution Hall definitely exceeded our expectations.

Los Angeles' Smallpools started out the evening with incredibly energy. We were treated to a lot of new music that we had never heard from the band in addition to their song of the summer "Dreaming" and a perfect cover of New Radical's "Get What You Give."

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St. Lucia was up next and after having an incredible time the last time we saw them in DC, we were so happy to find them to be just as wonderful as we remembered. Frontman Jean immediately had our attention from his token gloriously patterned shirt to his scene-stealing red pants and accompanied hip thrusting during "Before The Dive."

The band played a bunch of the songs off of their soon to be released full-length album (release and TIOJ review coming tomorrow!) including my new favorite "Wait For Love," which has the tropicality and all-encompassing happiness worthy of a Disney film. Other highlights included their latest single "Elevate" and the fun crowd participation during "We Got It Wrong."

The highlight of the night was certainly Two Door Cinema Club who was even more incredible than I could remember. From the very first song they played, the band had the enthusiasm (and lighting spectacle) worthy of an encore performance and successfully sustained that energy throughout their entire set.

They did a wonderful job balancing their discography from old favorites like "Eat It Up, It's Good For You" to their new single "Changing Of The Seasons." All the while they kept the the enamored crowd on their toes by starting off songs as if they were ballads and then quickly picking up the pace for dance-ready jams like "Something Good Can Work."

The band played with the confidence of a seasoned band like The Killers or any other band ready to headline a major arena tour. This was most evident during their performance of "Next Year" during which they had the background lights scrolling with international airport codes, a perfect complement as they sang "I'll be home for next year, darling."

The band didn't chat much, too eager to run through their catalog of hits, but when they did they were so incredibly humble and appreciative of the DC crowd. The last time they played this venue they were opening act and it was clear from their performance that they were ready and worthy of their now headlining spot.

All in all, this was one of the best concerts that I've been to in a while. From the complementary lineup of artists to the accessible yet epic vibe of Constitution Hall to Two Door's ability to just be so awesome, it was a wonderful night!

Next Up: Noah and the Whale at 9:30 Club next week!

1 comment:

  1. Ugh "Get What You Give" is such a killer track. I'm really stoked to see it in person on Tuesday night. Guarantee Minneapolis is going to fall in love with these guys


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