On March 9, Kevin Abstract’s first ever headlining tour, “Death of a Supermodel”, came to the Songbyrd Music House in Washington D.C to play a sold out show. At 20 years old, Texas-native Kevin Abstract has already released two albums, “Mtv1987” and “American Boyfriend: A Suburban Love Story”. Abstract has developed a cult like following in the underground music scene with what he calls an “All-American Boyband”: Brockhampton.
Arriving at the Songbyrd about two hours before doors opened, there was already at least 15 people waiting to get inside the venue, many of them sporting Kevin Abstract/Brockhampton merchandise. The crowd grew steadily until there was a line reaching around the block. When doors finally opened, it felt like a free for all with everyone rushing to get as close to the stage as possible. The venue was technically in the basement of the Songbyrd, and the stage was incredibly tiny and stood barely two feet above the rest of the floor. The room filled up quickly, and when Abstract came onto the stage, the crowd lost their minds.
Every word of every song was sung by the awestruck audience to the clear amazement of Abstract, who had a smile on his face the entire night. It’s hard to imagine a musician who is on his first ever headlining tour to be met with sold out shows across the country and crowds that know all the words to his songs. Abstract played songs such as “American Boyfriend”, the title track off his recent LP, and fan favorite “Empty”. The set was shorter than what everyone wanted, but I believe it was a deliberate act on Abstract’s part, wanting everyone to crave more and to be continuously left in anticipation. After the set, Abstract spent over an hour meeting and taking photos with everyone who came to the show. He never once seemed unhappy about any of it either. He looked genuinely excited to meet everyone, and although visibly anxious at points, the people he was meeting had the same look.
Everyone needs to watch for Kevin Abstract in 2017 because in his words, he’s going to be a pop star.