My mom is a music junky. Growing up, we always had the radio on. We cleaned to Bad Company, drove around blasting Peal Jam with all the windows down and went to sleep with The Beatles tinkling as our white noise. And then when we were old enough, we started to go to concerts and music festivals with her, dancing, eating nothing but nachos and soaking in the sun, the night air and the euphoria that is live music. We got concert tickets as birthday gifts and surprises. The love of music is deeply engrained and inherited, perhaps.
When people ask me what has changed most about my life since I had Le Guppy, the knee jerk reply is that I don’t really go to shows anymore, which is sadly true. Between working nights, having no babysitter, and not wanting to go alone, I hadn’t gone to a single show since she was born! Guy saw Muse last time they were in town and when I saw that Foster the People were coming to San Diego, I knew I was going to be there.
I bought my tickets the second they hit the Soma San Diego website and unsurprisingly the show sold out. And then finally, after two long months of waiting, Wednesday came to be. As I stood waiting for my friend to join me so we could go in, I could already feel the adrenaline pumping. The line had its own pulse, people rocking on the balls of their feet, staccato bursts of laughter, the static buzz of conversations. Finally we made it to the front, got roughed up by security and let into the venue. The first thing I saw was this sign.
And with the exception of a million girls with big frizzy hair standing in front of me for portions of it, it was a good night. There is nothing quite like the thump of the base drum reverberating in your chest, altering the course of your heart. The opening bands Reptar and Cult were really good and spot on to get people amped up for the headlining band.
Reptar was basically the beautiful love child of Hot Hot Heat and Vampire Weekend. So if you are a fan or either of those bands I would recommend them. The songs were fun and one of them I am going to buy for my very elite Upbeat Playlist.
Cults was a surprising mix of rock out and swoon. The lead singer, well she was just simply amazing, adorable with a voice to move mountains. Their set list was sort of jarring, as far as the tempo and feel of the songs, but I liked everything they played, maybe just not in that order.
And Foster the People did not disappoint. They were high energy and the quality was spot on. I’ve been listening to this album non-stop all summer. It was my go to everything album. They sound just as good live as they do on the album which is a testament to their talent. Also, I would like to do a shout out there light engineer. It was absolutely perfect for each and every song. If you have the chance to see them live, take it! And my favorite part I think is that for the encore they did this amazing club remix version of Pumped Up Kicks. Check out the video below for a similar performance.
This wasn’t from the show I went to but the version of Pumped Up Kicks they did was very similar.
This is one of the remixes they dissected for the live version, if you are interested. Listen to it loud, in the dark with some flashing lights to get the effect.