Author: Bridget Benevides
The Neptune is rising in the ranks and may soon be my favorite venue in Seattle. On Monday, I saw Broods and Bad Sounds at The Neptune and for the first time I went up above the standing room and sat in the comfy chairs up there… to enjoy my concert in peace without pressure to dance or bop my head. I just sat and took it all in, and it was great. I also really like The Neptune’s nautical theme; I feel like I see something new every time I am there, and the interior architecture (though old) is beautiful.
The show started with a performance by Bad Sounds, a hip-hop/rock band from Bath, England. Bad Sounds is full of brass, harmonies and infectious rhythms that call to mind the euphoric highs of Beck all draped in a late 70s soulful package. They were definitely something, I will say that. I appreciated their energy because they seemed to believe that they were bigger and better than the crowd perceived them. And I do not say this in a negative or judgmental way, but in a: “You go, good for you, believe in yourself and your music, big respect” type way. They would jump on each other, play each other’s instruments, jump around and all in all they looked like they were enjoying themselves.
Broods (Georgia and Caleb Nott) came to stage after a quick break and stage change. They were both dressed in snazzy costumes that we wish we could pull off but probably couldn’t. They wasted no time and began playing their music.
I was very pleasantly surprised by the show. This isn’t to say I had low expectations, but I had really only heard a few songs by Broods before attending their concert. Georgia danced and floated around stage with unique and effortlessly goofy (but cool) dance moves. She wore a sparkly white pantsuit and I think I can say everyone in the audience was wildly attracted to her. They did not engage with the audience too much to explain their music or who they were, but I wasn’t too bothered by this because their songs flowed smoothly from one to the next—the focus was on the music.
I was really impressed with the shows lighting. They did not have traditional visuals that played on a screen behind them, instead the entire show was choreographed with lights of blue, red, purple (and many more) hues. The lights danced to the music and illuminated the band, the performers knew how to use the lights to emphasize certain movements. Watching the lights and hearing the music was a very mesmerizing experience.
BRIDGET BENEVIDES | KXSU Music Reporter