On October 25, bedroom pop artist Claud came to Washington, D.C. to perform with Grace Ives. Grace Ives, a 24 year old indie pop singer from Brooklyn, performed first. Ives is no stranger to the DMV, having studied briefly at MICA prior to pursuing her degree at SUNY. The stage was empty except for Ives and her laptop as she performed yet it still felt as though she was filling up all the empty space. Her music inherently makes you want to move but is layered with a sort of sadness that stops you in your tracks.
The venue, although not sold out, was seemingly very full as Claud came onto stage. The set consisted mostly of new songs from Claud’s latest EP, Sideline Star, that was set to come out at midnight after the evening’s performance. The set ended with the iconic “Wish You Were Gay”, a song paying homage to Billie Eilish’s music more heterosexual version of the same name. The show wasn’t as long as I’d hoped though, as Claud doesn’t have a lot of songs released to pull from the catalog to play.