Wallows Played a High-Energy Set to a Sold Out Showbox

By: Mehlika Eski

April 25, 2019

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The three-piece band from Los Angeles sold out the iconic venue Wednesday night on their Nothing Happens tour, promoting their first full-length album.

            There’s something incredibly satisfying about watching a group of people go absolutely mad for a band that they love. Going to see Wallows provided me with that sight. I wasn’t aware that this band was a popular as they are, but walking into a packed venue and then seeing the entire room jumping, dancing, and singing along, it was very clear that I was wrong (and for good reason).

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What I like most about Wallows – consisting of Braeden Lemasters (guitar/vocals), Cole Preston (drums), and Dylan Minnette (guitar/vocals) – is that they have this vibe about them where you could go between lightly swaying back and forth to going absolutely crazy, jumping and dancing – in the span of the same song. Now just imagine a packed room full of people doing this exact sequence, and that’s how their song “Scrawny,” from their new album Nothing Happens, went down. I think one of the most entertaining moments of the whole show, for me at least, was hearing an entire room of people screaming “scrawny mother effer with a cool hairstyle,” and it was definitely something that I’m glad I got to experience.

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Another one of my favorite parts of the evening was when Wallows played their new single “Are You Bored Yet?”, which features the artist, Clairo who sings a full verse of song. During this part of the song, the band told the crowd to sing that verse – and the audience delivered – and it was one of the loudest moments of the whole show.

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There was a song that they mentioned that they hadn’t played yet this tour – due to a missing guitar capo. They ended up finding the capo and finally playing that song in Seattle, which was “It’s Only Right,” off of their Spring EP, released in 2018. Something else that I noticed – and that I’m sure other fans noticed – was during the encore. They first played “Do Not Wait,” the ending track to Nothing Happens, which then led into “Only Friend,” the opening track to the album. If you were to play the album on repeat, you would notice that the final track ends with the same guitar riff that the opening track starts with, so the album loops, basically. I thought this was a neat and unique addition to their set, and it’s not something that I’ve seen an artist do before, either.

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The band mostly played songs off their new album, which I personally think is a wonderful record for the soon-approaching summer, but they also threw in a handful of older songs from past EPs, which pleased the fans who’ve been listening to these guys for a while.

It’s safe to say that I had an absolute blast at this show. The guys in Wallows were extremely fun and entertaining, and they really knew how to get the crowd amped up. I will definitely be seeing them again when they’re back in town!

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