Post #6: [EVENT REVIEW] Grouplove (Opened by Dilly Dally and MUNA)

When: October 6th, 2016.

Where: The Fox Theater – Oakland, CA.

Everything’s better in groups

Dilly Dally‘s lead singer, Katie Monks has a very unique voice. For me, it took a little while to get used to but once I did, it grew on me. With her pig tails and Brittany Spears t-shirt, she certainly fit the punk scene. Throughout the entire show I was trying to think of a way to describe her voice. The best I could come up with was a whiny bellow. It was rough, precise, and growling all at the same time. The music was good. I would liken it to surf punk. The guitar riffs were high pitched and wavy. I think the closest thing I can compare them to would be The Cranberries. At the end of the set, Katie just dropped her guitar on the ground and walked off with the rest of the band, leaving it to reverberate and feedback into itself until a set hand came out to clean it up.

Next up was MUNA. These guys came out like a crackling ball of fire. Right away their energy level was above and beyond what the previous band had been able to muster, and felt a lot more like a band that would open for Grouplove. Seriously, these guys did not stop literally jumping the entire time. They had a drum machine mixed with a regular drum kit, which I am seeing more and more of recently. This gave an electrified energy to their music and I’m sure helped them stay on their toes the entire time. Each one of them had their own unique style. The lead singer was in a long black leather looking dress, the bass player in all black with a huge afro, one guitarist in a sporty track suit, and the other in just some normal looking street wear. One of their songs they slowed it down for us and showed some soul before they’re last song which had a classic 80’s feel good vibe. These guys were good. They had more than enough energy for everyone in the crowd and played a great show.

Now it was Grouplove‘s turn. Much like MUNA they came out hot. The lights went down and stobes started. The drummer came out alone at first shirtless and banging on his kit, making the facial expressions I would not stop laughing at the entire set. Once they felt we were pumped up enough, the rest of the band appeared. Lead singers Hannah Hooper and Christian Zucconi were both wearing what looked to be wedding dresses. They  also barely stopped moving, jumping around the stage. The lighting they had was really unique and cool. The amps on either side of the stage each had lights in them along with the drum kit and a curtain of string lights behind them, all with timed effects. Quickly they played “Traumatized” and “Heart of Mine” off of their new album “Big Mess”. Many of the songs they played were from this album, which they said they were very excited to play for us since it was their first new album in a few years, however they jammed tunes from their entire career. After a few songs, Hannah reminded everyone to vote for who she said was “the right candidate” without actually telling us who although obviously for Hillary, which of course played well with the young Cali crowd. Hannah expressed her joy to be back and playing the Fox as the main act since she is from here and had much of her family in attendance. This led them into a song off of their first studio album “Never Trust A Happy Song” called “Tongue Tied”. I was very impressed on the quality of their sound which was very true to their studio work. Before they left the stage they played us one of my favorites off of their second studio album “Spreading Rumors” called “Borderlines & Aliens” which was super energetic. They poured their heart and soul into it. When they came back for their encore, Christian came out alone playing solo guitar with a light shining from behind him like an divine glow.  The rest of the band came out and they led into a cover of the Beastie Boys song “Sabotage” which absolutely blew me away. The Beastie Boys would have been proud of this performance. They killed it. After two more, they thanked us and bid us farewell. You could tell they were truly thankful for our love and support. The whole group got together in the middle of the stage, bowed and waved before throwing their guitar picks, drum sticks, and set lists into the crowd and exiting stage left. I could not wipe the smile off of my face, this show was dope.


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