Tuesday, May 24, 2016

{RECAP} oscar, the vaccines, and bloc party

Last Thursday, Caleb and I ventured back to Echostage to catch the all-British lineup of Oscar, The Vaccines, and Bloc Party. Unlike the last time we went to Echostage, the typical bootie short clad high schoolers were thankfully absent from the crowd and were instead replaced with like-minded twenty-somethings wearing sensible clothing, which was sign two for a great evening. (Sign one being the prevalence of Brits performing, of course.)

The band we were most anxious to hear was opener Oscar. Unfortunately, in that inevitable twist of fate when you're trying to make it over to NE after a long day of work, we missed Oscar's set by just seconds. To account for this unfortunate timing, I've been consoling myself with Oscar videos on YouTube. His most recent video for "Good Things" has been just the cure to help me stay positive in light of missing his set coupled with the fact that DC has decided to turn into Seattle this month.

Next up were more Londoners The Vaccines. While their name sounded familiar to me, seeing The Vaccines was a classic case of coming in with zero expectations and being quickly surprised and impressed. The band immediately got the crowd going with their indie rock music, reminiscent of the pseudo punk rock music that was popular about 10 years ago, and kept the crowd engaged with their relentless energy mixed with a dash of impossible "cool."

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Besides the bassist who looked like a cross between Dan Humphrey and the lead singer of Noah and the Whale, I most enjoyed their jam "I Always Knew," which seemed like a perfect song to get into just as wedding season is kicking off.

Last but not least, Bloc Party closed the night to an adoring crowd. While I've seen the band a few times now, I continue to be blown away whenever I hear lead singer Kele Okereke's voice live. It was so captivating between energetic rock songs and trippy ballads -- it led me to watching this live session (THE.BEST.) over and over again quite a bit this past weekend.

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While it was great to hear some of their newer songs that I'm less familiar with, the crowd LOVED hearing some of their classics like "Banquet."

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Next Up: Caleb and I are back at and will be catching Cheerleader and Paperwhite and Black Cat on Thursday!

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