When I think of an album release party, I think of a private event where tons of important people in the music industry come to celebrate (or judge) the artist’s new work. The 3OH!3 definition of an album release party is to sell tickets at literally $3.03 for a mini concert at the famous Roxy Theater in Hollywood for a fun night of drinking and dancing the night away to old classics like “Starstrukk” and “Don’t Dance,” along with new tracks off of their new, long-awaited album Omens.
This was my third 3OH!3 show in the past three years and I’ve gotta say that it was quite the experience. It was also my first time at The Roxy and the fact that I was going to be there for the album release party for one of my favorite bands just made me a little overly excited to be there (in which the bouncers thought I was drunk before going in when I was really just happy for the show). The first rule of going to a 3OH!3 show is to wear as little clothing as possible because of all the non-stop jumping around and dancing you will be doing. Unfortunately, I totally forgot about that and wore pants instead and let’s just say that sweat became my friend in a very short amount of time. While The Roxy was pretty smallish for a famous venue, it’s definitely perfect for more intimate settings. In this case, intimate meant getting a little tipsy with people that you just met and grinding along to the upbeat, raunchy lyrics sung (sometimes rapped) by the dynamic duo consisting of Nate Motte and Sean Foreman.
Although this show was an album release party for Omens, longtime fans (including myself) very much enjoyed getting introduced to the new songs like “You’re Gonna Love This” and “Youngblood” while also being able to sing along to our favorite tracks like “Don’t Trust Me” and “My First Kiss” (in which they allowed all the female fans to sing Ke$ha‘s parts. The surprising thing about the show was that they seemed to perform a majority amount of songs off of their 2010 album Streets of Gold more than songs from 2008’s Want or 2007’s self-titled debut album. I personally really like Streets of Gold, but I know that a lot of fans didn’t enjoy it as much. It was also shocking that they chose to hold their album release party in California instead of in Colorado because everyone who is a fan of 3OH!3 knows that that they have strong pride for their home state.
Overall, the show was exciting and energetic. I very much enjoyed seeing 3OH!3 on the stage again because their stage presence is definitely worth coming back for more. I just wish that they had given out copies of Omens since it was their album release party, but the fact that I was there for such an important show makes that little aspect not as prominent.