SWIMM + THE PEACH KINGS + TALL WALLS + FELLOW BOHEMIAN @ THE FEDERAL UNDERGROUND
Photos by Sheva Kafai. Recap by Larissa Blintz.
Tall Walls, a 6-person band including a saxophonist and trumpet player, kicked off the night at The Federal Underground in Long Beach with no shortage of energy on stage. Each member was integral to delivering the magic they created. They played “Government Boy” – a tongue-in-cheek tune hinted to revolve around Donald Trump, and another poppy ballad-style tune about joining a coalition for safer foods. On stage, all members were beaming love, each smiling from ear-to-ear.
The Peach Kings followed, a change of pace with darker, sharp tones. Lead singer Paige Woods hypnotized the crowd with her tremendous range – one couldn’t help but keep your eyes on her. Woods and guitarist, Steven Dies, filled out their set by connecting with the crowd through their chilling and all too relatable confessional lyrics.
SWIMM brought a beautifully unfamiliar intergalactic warmness to the stage. Their set was filled with upbeat, perfectly-meshed tunes with a sense of refreshing fluidity and weightlessness. All 5 members’ charisma enticed the enthusiastic crowd, as we all felt a sort-of fog of love stemming from the vibrations on stage. Singer Chris Hess delivered nothing short of excellence with his unique vocals and high-energy moves.
Fellow Bohemian wrapped up the evening of music with their uplifting, addictive and unique sound. The band’s indie rock sound combined with singer Alex Bostelman’s sweet and melodic vocals, wove together a refreshingly modern take on surf soul.