Photos by Kayla Abell
There is a special kind of magic that occurs when a crowd shows genuine interest in all the bands on the bill, and I was lucky to experience just that this past Saturday at The Truman in Kansas City, Missouri. I arrived a few minutes late to the show, but that was a blessing in disguise because as I was approaching the venue I could hear waves of cheers erupting from a full block away as Demob Happy took the stage. The excitement was contagious, and soon I had joined the crowd in dancing along to the catchy song with lyrics that would fit right in a Halloween playlist.
Grandson opened his set with a mix layered over the Stranger Things theme song. Taking influence from artists like Rage Against the Machine, grandson has become known for his analysis of society through powerful and politically charged lyrics. The heavy weight of his lyrics is offset by beats you can’t help but dance to, making for an interesting feeling of enjoyment and deep thoughts.
Not to be outdone by their openers, Nothing But Thieves came out to a packed room full of loud, enthusiastic fans. Fans of all ages ranging from small children to older adults sang along at the top of their lungs to most of the set. The crowd was so loud, in fact, that it was hard to hear the vocalist over all the other voices singing his lyrics back to him. Again, the crowd could be heard from outside, but instead of indecipherable screams of excitement, this time it was all in the unified singing of a song. Like I said, it’s magic when talented musicians are met with adoring fans, and I hope all live music enthusiasts get to experience a night like I had this weekend.