'Charli and Jack Do America' at Showbox SoDo 07.25.15

July 26, 2015

When I first learned that Bleachers and Charli XCX were touring together I was intrigued. It wasn't like a lightbulb went off and I shouted "OF COURSE!" I had to think about how the two were compatible. After watching them perform at Showbox SoDo in Seattle last night I figured out the common element between them....ENERGY!

Jack Antonoff was always entertaining while on stage with fun. but he is now at an entirely different level. When Bleachers first came out my initial thought was that it was a nice side project while fun. was on break. I was wrong. Bleachers is a legitimate force in the music scene and Jack has proven himself as not only an entertaining figure on stage but as an extremely talented musician. Grinning ear to ear and profusely thanking the audience over an over again while expressing his love for his band mates and for Seattle he seemed genuinely at home on stage. I wasn't crazy about his Mets shirt but he put on such a great show I guess I can let it slide.

I didn't think it would be possible to outdo the energy of Jack and Bleachers but Charli XCX proved me wrong. In what proved to be a non-stop aerobic workout, Charli came out on stage with attitude and sass while shaking her....well, you get the idea. Immediately after she came on stage up went the middle finger and down came the inhibitions. It was not a typical Seattle audience in the room. Instead of casual head bobbing and conversation through the show, most in the room were jumping, dancing, screaming and having a great time.

About halfway through the show, something went wrong in the middle of a song and Charli called it to a stop. For a moment, things were a bit awkward but this didn't seem to phase her at all. Once everything was sorted out she rolled into what I thought was the coolest song of the night, a cover of Swedish punk band 'Snuffed By The Yakuza' called 'Allergic To Love.' She proved she could be a bad ass punk rocker and a cute pop singer mixed into one. That being said, I wouldn't describe her as cute, nor would I describe her as punk. What I liked about her was that she didn't seem to give a shit about whether she fell into any one genre or stereotype. This makes me excited to see how she continues to grow and evolve as an artist. 

-Mat Hayward
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