Phases, The Mowglis, LIGHTS
Cannery Ballroom // Nashville, TN // November 13, 2015
Photos – Sam Polonsky :: Review – Jenn Stookey
The LA based band PHASES took the stage to start the night in Nashville, TN by breaking into their song “Silhouette”. Although lead vocalist Z Berg has a power house voice, something seemed a bit off in her performance, and I couldn’t grasp what it was. The production of the show for an opening band was magnetic which made the set, in my opinion, more enjoyable.
It wasn’t until the band’s current single “I’m In Love With My Life” that the crowd started to move around and show energy that seemed to perviously be slightly lacking. I’d have to proclaim this song as my favorite of their performance due to the high energy feel, easy going beat, and Alex Greenwald’s incredible vocals which lead this song.
Although it seems like The Mowglis have been consistently touring for the past few years, this was shockingly my first time watching them live. Before the band began their set, they took a moment to reflect on the situation in Paris, France that had taken place just a few hours prior. The crowd was somber, but was joyous as they could have been to relinquish that frustration on the world into live music.
The Mowglis set was full of energy, blaring out their popular songs like “Bad Dream,” “San Francisco,” “Summertime” and others. Once again the production was simple but captured the tune of their music and complimented their set.
Another artist I feel it has taken me too long to watch live was LIGHTS. There’s nothing I can put into words that would express how incredible her voice is. This Canadian songstress radiates life through her vivid production, stage presence, and vocals. Her full sounding vocals echoed throughout the venue in what I can only describe as enchanting. I stood there thinking of what her show would look and sound like in an arena, wishing someday she would make it far enough to do a full US arena tour.
Want to know a little secret? Due to popular demand, LIGHTS announced she will be releasing a full acoustic version of her most recent album Little Machines, and we can’t wait!