“You guys could have been watching The Walking Dead, but instead you’re all here with me. That’s awesome!”
When you go to the TLA, you can ultimately be sure of two things: you are going to get a very intimate and satisfying show for most acts and depending on who the act is, it might be a little tough to get to the merch table. About two years ago, I had seen Lights at the TLA touring for her second full-length album, Siberia. It was rather frigid and sold out, but everybody had a good time regardless. It’s about the set list and interaction with the crowd. Everybody has their gizmos and gadgets, but a great show (for the most part) will hold fans’ attentions. On this night, there was a good mix of young girls and guys who were very into the show; I saw a lot of Light Machine shirts in the crowd (no, I didn’t get one yet, but I will soon).
On a very spring-like Sunday, I got to photograph the show, and I must say, this was a very crowd-interactive show. Lights, throughout her career, has a very good connection with her fans and this was evident by how she sang songs in a confident manner and invoked the crowd to sing together. I was eager to see how songs from her newest album Little Machines would play out in a live setting. There was a moment during “Running With The Boys” where there were a set of guys in the middle of the crowd simultaneously jumping up and down during the chorus. During the second song “Toes”, I had to adjust my earplugs while I was doing photography as all the fans belted the chorus back.
As a performer, Lights seemed even more comfortable. When she wasn’t playing the keyboard, she was up reaching out to the crowd, even engaging in brief banter about The Walking Dead. There were times where the high-energy tempo was slowed down, like when the opening song off Little Machines, “Portal”, was played. The crowd stayed in the element. During “The Last Thing On Your Mind”, the crowd was swaying their hands back and forth to the melody of the chorus. This was even apparent with the parents that brought their younger children; mind you, they were slightly doing a shuffle here and there.
With the gear-grinding entity we all know as Monday on the horizon, it was good to just go to a concert and hear some good music. I saw some of the same fans who went to the show a couple of years ago back at this show. While we’ve all grown up a little (Lights included), and like her music, we all explored the kid in us and let loose.
How We Do It
Running With the Boys
The Last Thing On Your Mind
Drive My Soul
Where The Fence Is Low
Timing Is Everything
Up We Go
Oil and Water