Live Review: Daughter & Choir of Young Believers at Barboza

all photos by Dave Lichterman

My most-anticipated live session on KEXP from our CMJ broadcast at Union Square Ballroom in NYC was Daughter.

Then thankfully a week later, the London-based trio played their Seattle debut at Barboza with Choir of Young Believers from Copenhagen as their support.

I spoke with Jannis from Choir of Young Believers before the show and he told me how excited he was since they’d be in LA for Halloween. He’s never experienced Halloween in the U.S. before. I was in Denmark four years ago for Halloween and no one dressed up. It’s finally getting more popular in Scandinavia but definitely not an all-out-dress-up occasion there.

Fresh off performing CMJ, Jannis was happy to have a real soundcheck. Barboza was the perfect setting for their intimate performance. They played “Paralyze” and “Sedated” off the latest album, Rhine Gold. Their lineup is different every time I see them. For this tour, it’s only a 5-piece.

Daughter took the stage in front of the sold-out crowd. Fans came from all over including at least 15 people from Vancouver. Definitely worth the drive.

Lead singer Elena Tonra is a bit shy on stage but you quickly forget when her powerful voice starts. Her songs are filled with honest, intense, haunting lyrics. In between songs, she and guitarist Igor would retune their guitars and tell jokes. Usually making fun of themselves. They are such a lovely band and put on such an amazing show. I’d love to keep them to myself but know they’ll be playing larger yet still intimate venues soon.

The new single, “Smother,” came out this month. They’re working on a new album that will come out next year. They’re finishing up their U.S. tour on the West Coast this week.

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