Kitschy good time with Neon Trees
The intimate Babcock Theatre was the perfect venue for last night’s Neon Trees show. Every seat in the house offered a close up experience of the energetic concert.
Billings’ own Bedlam Saints opened the show and they did an amazing job getting the crowd pumped up. I had never seen them perform before and I was completely drawn into their performance. The Bedlam Saints includes Dean’o Hill (aka DJ Exodus) on the turntables and Nick Miles on the drums. They had the whole crowd jamming out to their original mix of The Beastie Boys, Skrillex, Kanye West and more. I’ll definitely be paying attention to the calendar for their upcoming performances.
(Side Note: All of the photos pictured in this post were taken by McLovin from The Big J Show on Hot 101.9. He’s a master “instagrammer”. I was following his posts during the show and he was nice enough to share his great shots with me!)
Next up was indie-pop band, JJamz (pronounced “Jah-Jamz”). Their music had a light, fun, laid-back sound to it. Music you’d like to sing along to (if you knew the words. I hadn’t listened to them at all prior to the show).
A neon lit mic stand and Neon Trees’ silhouettes opened the show with “Moving in the Dark.” The glam-rockers didn’t have a lot of special effects to their show but the neon lights mixed in with their infectious pop-rock tunes and the sheer energy of their lead singer, Tyler Glenn, made for a highly entertaining experience. The only point in which Glenn stopped moving was for his acoustic performance of “Your Surrender.”
At one point in the show, Glenn says “there’s a bunch of you losing all kinds of street cred right now. You’re thinking “All their songs are kitschy. I’m losing points” (paraphrasing here). However, I don’t think there was one person in the crowd who wasn’t having a good time and who wasn’t moved to dance in their seats at some point during the show.
The set was closed out with “Animal” and then an encore of “Everybody Talks.”
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