If you weren’t at Barboza Sunday night, you seriously missed out. Sold out and packed to the brim, the tiny bar in the basement of Neumos was electric. With a new monitor and sound setup, the venue has never sounded better. Of course, that might have had something to do with the wonderful entertainment for the night - Twin Shadow and their touring opener for the next couple weeks, Poolside both threw down excellent sets, showing off the unique chops of each.
Poolside might be a fresh name for KEXP listeners, but you’ll be hearing more of it in the next few weeks. Their great new record Pacific Standard Time moves into rotation this week! Live, Poolside’s daytime disco vibes are even sweeter. Strong bass lines and heavy synth textures weigh heavy in the air as lead singer and bassist Filip Nikolic croons falsetto jams. To his right, other primary Poolside member Jeffrey Paradise bobs here and there, occasionally backing away from his keyboard to offer up a disco clap. The band’s showmanship is muted, but the guys are all smiles, just jamming along to their laid-back-yet-danceable burners. Once they start in on their single “Harvest Moon”, the crowd is warmed up and dancing along.
George Lewis and crew emerge on stage to a room packed to the brim with excitement. Pretty much everyone there knows Twin Shadow could sell out Neumos if they wanted to - maybe even Neptune. But the fact that they are here in this tiny bar with this kind of energy gives everyone goosebumps. They open with a scorching new rendition of “Shooting Holes” that would give some of the guitar work on Confess a run for its money. If you didn’t know this yet, George Lewis is a god on the guitar. His studio recordings do serious injustice to his chops, but in the live setting, Lewis is free to let loose on his instrument and drop jaws left and right. Next up, Twin Shadow burns through Confess tracks “Golden Light” and “Five Seconds”. The crowd sings along to every word. Sure, you’d be crazy to not like Forget, but with Confess, Lewis has created an album that is impossible not to react to. This fact is most obvious when every person sings along to “Run My Heart” like its the last song they’ll ever sing. By the time “Beg For The Night” drops, not a single person is left just standing there. Barboza hasn’t had this much fun since the Fitz and the Tantrums mini show there during Capitol Hill Block Party.
If any of your friends went to the show, make sure to check Facebook for some goofy pictures with a cardboard cutout version of George (best photo with it wins his motorcycle jacket from the “Patient” video). Otherwise, enjoy the rest of our photos below.