Synth lines and entrancing vocals were the commonality between all three bands at the Fillmore on September 12th. With no filler and non-stop talent, the evening was one that the crowd won't soon forget.
Holy Ghost kicked the night off right. I was surprised to see so many people come for the first opener, but by the end of the set I understood why. Strong retro synths combined with a modern pop style and infused with some smooth vocals flooded the crowd with a truly unique sound. The only way I can describe the performance was a funky old school instrumental coupled with modern pop vocals and embellishments. Overall a fantastic band, especially for an opener.
St. Lucia brought more energy to the stage building up excitement. The group came out ready to perform. Jean-Philip Grobler, as usual, brought his soft melodic vocals to top off the futuristic trance like beats. The high energy performance was the perfect prelude to Empire of the Sun.
There was no mistaking Emperor Steele taking the stage. His imposing silhouette was unmistakable. Empire of the Sun was not simply a concert, it was a show, a full production complete with incredible lighting, dancers, and costumes galore. The production was an accent to the magnitude of the entire performance. Choreographed but still organic, the concert was the futuristic glam pop Empire of the Sun is known for.
Trying to take pictures of Empire of The Sun was difficult, not because the crowd was moving, but I couldn't keep still as the vibrations crept up into my feet. The combinations of subtle four on the floor beats coupled with Empire's signature vocals made standing still impossible and dancing inevitable. The energy and the atmosphere was unmistakably elevating.
Overall, all three bands took what could’ve been a good show to the next level. Special thanks to Empire of the Sun for giving Crave the Sound and myself the opportunity to cover the show.
photos + article by Conrad Sperosen