Sunday nights often evoke different feelings among individuals—some dread them like calls to report to jury duty, the impending doom of the weekend ending and another busy, business-filled week a mere 12 or less hours away. Others, however, choose to uphold a more optimistic perspective and feel energized to begin a new week. In fact, anyone attending last night’s show at Schubas featuring Greg Holden, Leif Vollebekk and headliners BOY, the charming Swiss-German pop-rock band that first made its debut in Chicago in March, was among the spunkiest in the city. Even with a show at Lincoln Hall the night before, the confidently timid, yet energized spirit the band exuded on stage calmed the crowd in addition to refueling their depleted sense of drudgery of the weekend’s dissipation. Despite a dimly lit stage where silhouettes of the band projected themselves like ambitious visions and dreams, BOY DELIVERED (and that is capitalized for a reason). While it’s difficult not to instantly be engrossed by core members Valeska Steiner and Sonja Glass, part of their appeal and charm derives from their emission of sagacious sophistication—that is to say, the ability to ooze with the desire of letting loose onstage whilst remaining supremely poised. As if the audience couldn’t get enough of the gals’ serenading—Steiner’s vocals were charismatically crisp and sensuously superior, while Glass’s bassist chops strummed with immaculate precision, not to mention their full-piece band (a keyboardist, a guitarist and two percussionists), Steiner and Glass uplifted them even more through their enthusiasm of the Windy City; Steiner reminisced about how she and Glass had performed at Schubas earlier in the year for their acoustic tour and that it felt “like coming home again,” at which the crowd uttered a heartwarming “Aww!” The interaction was reciprocated even more when the audience sang the entire chorus of the band’s most known single, “Little Numbers,” and heartily welcomed them back for an encore of a new song called “Into the Wild” and a cover by The Black Keys (“Lonely Boy”).
Sunday nights shall never be thought of negatively again, and BOY shall continue to be welcomed back eagerly to their second home in Chicago (and yes, we hope it’s soon already). For more information on BOY, click here.