Photos by Kris Rocha
Manila based indie rockers She’s Only Sixteen opened the show with one of their best performances to date. Their sound was the perfect fit to wet the appetite of fans. Reminiscent of Arctic Monkey’s energy and The Strokes nonchalant wit, they performed originals such as Dying to Meet You to Bombay Bicycle Club fans’ delight. (It also bought extra time for people coming from work inching their way to the concert venue.)
“Lights Out, Words Gone,” “Shuffle” and tracks with that distinct Bombay sound “Luna” and “Feel” were well received with applause and cheer. At times, there were even collective ‘Oh my GOD!’ screams from a groups of teens in love or heartbroken. (I was too busy geeking out to the concert to further eaves drop). As “How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep” started playing, the crowd turned in to a choir. At the top of their lungs, they sang every lyric in tune. It was quite a moment, the band’s eyes grew big and smiles were all around.
“Evening/Morning” soon followed. But it was the song after that that really made the night. Before the song, Jack Steadman asked Liz Lawrence to come up front to join him in performing “Home By Now.” An instant classic in its own right, the song starts out with a good beat and a bass line that tries to build you up but suddenly holds off to let Steadman’s voice ring through. And instantly, it feels like you’re back in high school. You’re back to that awkwardness of your first slow dance at prom but with it comes this purity and sincerity. When palms sweat out too easily from nervousness and your lips tremble as you steal glances at your date trying to figure out if it’s the right time to steal that kiss from her.
At the point, the band just left the crowd in gleeful smiles. It was worth the two-hour journey and braving the rain and all the trouble that came with seeing the band live. Many thanks to the people behind Karpos Multimedia for such a wonderful evening. Seems like there’s another concert in the pipeline but they’ve been pretty hush about it. We definitely can’t wait for that.
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