The California based Familyof the Year has great harmonies and a kind of beachy sound to a lot of their songs. I saw them open for Walk the Moon last year, and they have polished their stage performance a bit since then. Having good success with the release of their debut album Loma Vista, they filled a good half hour with songs worth dancing and singing along to, including their most successful hits, “St Croix” and “Hero.”
Atlas Genius entered the stage to the screaming of fans who were already warmed up from dancing to Family of the Year. When lead singer, Keith Jeffery, took center stage, the amount of female screaming definitely increased. This up and coming band from Adelaide, South Australia also includes Michael Jeffery on drums and Darren Sell on keyboards. They are having great success on the American radio waves with their first single “Trojans.” Building on that success and the release of their debut album When it Was Now, they are currently on a fall headlining tour. Their stage setup was simple, just the guys and their instruments in front of a giant Atlas Genius backdrop. Keith spent the whole show spinning and dancing while he played the guitar and sang to the crowd. Michael put everything into his drumming and was completely focused the whole show only taking a few seconds here and there to flash a grin of joy. Songs like “If So” were fast and kept the audience dancing and singing along at the top of their lungs. I was next to a gentleman who was obviously a dedicated fan, He kept singing random words to songs super loud and then jumping up and down yelling when Keith came to our side of the theater. There wasn’t much talk in between songs. It was just constant music for almost an hour leading up to the final song “Trojans” which was well done and I will admit, I was singing along just like everyone else with a giant smile on my face.
This tour goes all along the West Coast for the next few weeks, then the guys head over to the United Kingdom, where they will open once again for Imagine Dragons.
Review and Photos by Reanna Streater