Article By: Madi Heath
As the lights went down and the 90s TV screens came on, the crowd lit up with excitement. The static videos on the screens and captivating movements of lights were something to admire, and you could feel the energy in the audience when frontman Daniel Armbruster began singing their album title song “Content.” Armbruster’s calm demeanor and intriguing little ticks as he sang were new and mesmerizing.
The band cycled through some of their new album, as well as quite a few “oldies but goodies” such as Destruction and Somebody New. The music was incredibly loud in such a small venue, which fully immersed the entire audience in every beat.
While one could talk forever about the unbelievable performance Joywave put on, what really stood out is what happened near the end of the show. During one of the band’s final songs, the venue’s power went out completely. For a while, confused murmurs filled the silence, questioning whether or not this was a part of the act. In all honesty, most people who know Joywave know that they can be somewhat quirky, and this is almost expected of them.
Once the audience quickly realized this was an accident, people began to shine their phone flashlights in hopes for more songs. After whispering to each other and some people backstage, the band let everyone know they would be doing one final song. Armbruster began to play guitar, singing their song “Nice House” completely stripped. He informed the crowd that they were planning on singing this song in their encore, anyways, but everyone knew this was more special than that. People stayed silent, and when the audience knew the words, they eagerly sang along. It felt as though every single body in that room was a part of this memorable moment.
When the audience was told they would have to leave, people left slow and reluctant, in hopes that the power would turn back on in the time it took them to scoot out the door. As everyone filtered out, it became obvious that the entire block’s power was out, and you could hear jokes from fans as they left about Joywave being too much for the electricity to handle.
It is certain that every concert-goer that night will not forget such an amazing experience. Daniel Armbruster is doing big things, and it is clear that their fanbase is only growing, especially after moments like that.