If I had to describe BOY's concert at the TLA in one word, it would be "cozy." The TLA took on an unusual living room vibe this past Saturday, which isn't something I've ever felt there before. At Tin Angel and World Café Live? Yeah, sure. But quaintness isn't typically associated with rock venues. Sonja Glass and Valeska Steiner's friendly banter only added to the cozy vibe. Though this indie-pop lady duo is from Europe, not the States, their beguiling charm has a way of making you feel right at home.
There wasn't a huge crowd at the TLA, but the crowd that was there was comprised of totally smitten BOY fans. "Oh my God! They're SO cute!' was a comment I heard more than once.
True, the comment was made partly because both of the girls are easy on the eyes. But mostly, people were saying this because of BOY's personality.
Towards the end of the set, Sonja says in a thick German accent, "Last time vee vere in Philadelphia vee made a promise. And vee alvays keep our promises."
Then Sonja put a baseball cap on her head, turned it sideways, and Valeska busted out with the theme song to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. It was adorable. Everyone's heart melted right there on the spot. Valeksa, bopping up and down like a hip-hop artist, knew each and every word to the song. I'm FROM Philly, and I've watched Fresh Prince probably hundreds of times, and even I don't know all the words to the song. BOY is such a great act to catch live because it's refreshing to see artists who not only love what they're doing, but have fun while doing it.
"Little Numbers," the last song of the show (not counting the two encore songs) was the highlight of my night. Surprisingly, I'm not saying this because of how much I love "Little Numbers." I'm saying this because of Valeska's reaction when everyone started singing along with her.
Her smile was ear-to-ear. Glowing with happiness, she was legitimately blown away. She took out her earpiece just so she could hear the audience better. She was soaking up her fans' love as if it were a sweet Riesling. I'm sure it was an experience she'll never forget. I know I won't.