The Sounds @ Fillmore, SF 10/21/13
As listless San Franciscans bemoaned the state of the Bartstrike Monday night at the Fillmore, Gemini Club brought the crowd to attention as the opening act for The Sounds’ Weekend tour. With one pound of the drum and a tuck of hair behind the ear, the Chicago band played an everlasting gobstopper of song flavor variety to suit almost any indie fan’s palate. Starting with songs reminiscent of Jimmy Eat World, they turned to French Kicks, then Phoenix, before thundering into a heart-pounding cavalcade of sounds that couldn’t possibly be influenced by anything other than late-Nine Inch Nails. And yet, if there’s one thing we can say about the Gemini Club’s multiple personalities, it’s that they utterly charmed the Owl nest with their presence, and we look forward to more.
If you’re standing in a venue in San Francisco and the floor is shaking, before you yell “Earthquake!” check to see if it’s just shaking because The Sounds are on stage. We sincerely hope the Fillmore is retrofitted because we’re pretty sure the Richter scale tipped in the red from all of the fans’ bouncing.
Make no mistake though, the quake of crowd stomping is well-deserved. Mic charmer Maja Ivarsson not only proved that it’s possible to dance, sing, swing a mic, and jump in four-inch-ish heels, but she did it all while smoking a cigarette on stage (maybe the jumpsuit helped?).
“Can you believe this — we’ve been a band for 15 fucking years?” Ivarsson yelled into her mic before holding the stand over the crowd like a trophy.
It’s a given at a Sounds show that everyone in the room knows every word to every song, so you combine that with a band that jumps on stage like it’s a trampoline, and we are telling you Owls — every cent, every bitcoin you might spend to see this band live is worth it. The Sounds ignites a room with pure Swedish-powered jet fuel and they burn it like they own it. You’d think they performed on this same stage every night.
The Sounds’ latest album, Weekend drops October 29th, and if you catch them on tour, you’ll get to hear it live.
Check out more gorgeous photos of the earth-shaking show HERE!