The Warfield itself is an amazing venue equipped with two levels, the bottom being general admission and a bar, and the second assigned seating. The first act, The Lonely Forest, hails from Washington and has gained recent popularity from touring with Death Cab for Cutie. The band’s sound seemed to be a fusion of Death Cab and Jimmy Eat World, with a light sprinkling of U2. Carried well by the off-beat charm of lead singer, John Van Deusen, The Lonely Forest played an excellent set, and is sure to meet more success as their touring continues.
A look at the Warfield.
Next up was Grouplove, a modern quintet of hippies- and I say this in the best way possible. The band came onto stage to the opening bars of Kanye West’s “Monster,” testifying to their sense of humor. From the bassist, Sean Gadd, wearing an American flag under his hat, to the drummer wearing merely a tank top and boxers, Grouplove doesn’t just perform- they entertain. Opening with “Tongue Tied,” Grouplove is just as excellent live as they are in recordings. Christian Zucconi and Hannah Hooper, a San Francisco native, sing most songs together, but the back-up guitarist and bassist also sing, as in “Spun,” led by Andrew Wessen. Though Gruouplove is a relatively new band, just last week the band’s closing number, “Colours” was the iTunes single of the week. Despite Hannah Hooper’s odd donning of a gold mask during different parts of their set, Grouplove was fantastic, and I sincerely hope I’ll get to see them again in the near future.
Grouplove's recently released video for "Colours" from their self-titled album.
Two Door Cinema Club's closing song, "I Can Talk" from their debut album Tourist History.
As the lights came on at the end accompanied by Hall & Oates “You Make My Dreams,” the entire crowd danced out of the theatre- testifying for how fantastic of a show it was. The Lonely Forest, Grouplove, and Two Door Cinema Club- congrats on a job well done!