The Wiltern was thumping, bodies swaying, girls shaking their hips as the sold out show blasted off Wednesday night. The powerhouse triple bill of Nico Vega, Atlas Genius, and Imagine Dragons tipped the scales with everyone in the room coming up winners.
LA's Nico Vega broke the room wide open. This powerhouse indie rock band has softened their sound with their latest album, but not their attitude. Still commanding the audience, stage, and room, their musical presence transfixed. Vega continuously leaves you breathless and wanting more...
Australia's Atlas Genius indie popped their way into the hearts of the audience. Bodies bopped and swayed to their light soundscape textures. This band dives deceptively into musical depth, layering rock under fuzz pop radio friendly songs. The security guard did something odd in the pit, which inspired lead singer Keith Jeffery to say "Hey man, its ok, Im with the band, remember?". This quartet wrapped up their set with their hit song "Trojans", inspiring a indie hippy girl to spin in the middle of the isle. As her long blonde hair and skirt twirled, a Wiltern security guard waved his hands to move her back into the crowd as the house lights came up. Why the Wiltern man gotta keep crashin our buzz?
The winner of the biggest drum award goes to...Imagine Dragons! Lead singer Dan Reynolds pounded one enormous tribal drum that was easily the size of his body throughout the evenings set. The screams from the audience were loud, the bright white lights blinding, and the music energized the air. "Four years ago we paid $100 just to play here for three people, so you don't know what it means for you all to be here tonight." Gentler, hook-infused grooves like "Rocks", "Radioactive", and "Demons" show the intricate layered sound textures this band is laying down. Reynolds summed up the electrifying evening best when he said "thank you for everything, for being here, and thank you for sharing the music."
The night was thumping, bodies were grooving and pumping, and it's all thanks to the sweet stylings of the triple threat of Indie Pop Rock last night at the Wiltern.