BROCKHAMPTON Creates New Definition of the Term Boyband in Washington DC
This past summer, no other hip-hip boyband has gained as much hype as BROCKHAMPTON. Hailing from Los Angeles, CA, BROCKHAMPTON started in San Marcos, Texas in 2015, many of the boys actually meeting on a Kanye West fan forum called “KanyeToThe”. Releasing their first album in 2016 titled ALL-AMERICAN TRASH, they began gaining a cult-like following which only boosted increasingly upon the release of their founding member, Kevin Abstract, dropping his second full length album American Boyfriend. The tour that followed this release would have a 8 episode series aired on VICELAND titled American Boyband following the boys of BROCKHAMPTON on Kevin’s first ever tour. Now having dropped 3 albums; ALL-AMERICAN TRASH, SATURATION, and SATURATION II, BROCKHAMPTON embarks on their first ever tour, Jennifer’s Tour, playing sold out shows to the entire country.
On September 15th, the boys stopped in the nation’s capital to play two shows of many sold out shows across the country. Arriving at the venue approximately an hour before the show began, the line was already incredibly long reaching around the venue with every fan eager to get inside. Once in the venue, things began to get very intense, very quickly. Piling hundreds of teens in a room with no barricade blocking them from the stage resulted in a type of crowd I had never experienced in all of the shows I have been to. I can really only describe the crowd in two words, wild and free. There was no worry as to who was around them or what was happening as all of the attention was focused on the boys rapping their hearts out on the stage. The wild side came with its downsides, as many of the people in the front row had to resort to sitting on the stage due to the force of the pushing behind them, as well as the fact that I witnessed someone get punched directly in the face in a mosh-pit, though I assume it is all part of the fun. The free side, on the other hand, was incredible to watch as it’s not often you see men rapping about the struggles of mental health, racism and homophobia, over and over again throughout their songs.
Every performing member of BROCKHAMPTON hit the stage, though one member stood out above the rest during the whole show. Ciaran Ruaridh McDonald, known mainly as Bearface, stole the entire show with his solo set of approximately 3 songs. The voice and sheer emotion in his tone had me stunned as I watched from the side of the stage. I truly would’ve wanted to hear more from him and I’m eagerly anticipating more songs featuring his genius.
The setlist of the show consisted of 16 incredible songs, not one leaving the crowd disappointed in what they heard. Between songs, the relationship between BROCKHAMPTON and their fans shined through, with many of the fans “bullying” Kevin Abstract and telling the different members to “F*** OFF” with pure smiles on their faces with middle fingers being jokingly thrown up on both ends of the spectrum. At the end of the set, the crowd sweating and aching for just one more song, BROCKHAMPTON played fan-favorite, “STAR”, not once, but three times, the crowd getting more and more hyped as each and every verse was repeated.
Never having experienced a show with as much pure energy and love, BROCKHAMPTON will no doubt be playing arenas in no time. If you haven’t given them a listen yet, I recommend listening to “GUMMY“, “GOLD“, and “STAR“. Watch for their new album SATURATION III, in the upcoming months.