BISHOP BRIGGS + MATT MAESON @ THE FONDA THEATRE
Photos by Doug Krantz
Bishop Briggs brought her Church of Scars Tour to the Fonda Theatre to a very excited, sold out crowd.
Matt Maeson took the stage first to get the crowd warmed up, remarking that it was his first time getting to tour with a full band. Moving through songs from his two EPs, the second being The Hearse which just dropped on April 27, he seemed at ease onstage and the crowd was receptive to his alternative sound and dark, moody lyrics. A standout moment of his set was “Cringe,” from his first EP, Who Killed Matt Maeson, which literally had the floors of the theatre shaking.
After Maeson, Briggs bounded onto the stage backed by her two piece band, opening the show with “White Flag.” She shared with us that the Fonda was a venue she’d always wanted to play, and she couldn’t believe she was playing a sold out show there.
Despite describing her writing sessions as “heavy,” and even with the darker tone of her lyrics, she still bounced around the stage with high energy, engaging with the crowd and belting her soul out. “Tempt My Trouble” was an early highlight of her set, getting the whole crowd jumping up and down.
As she moved through the majority of her debut album, Church of Scars, she chatted with us in between songs, one moment really seemed to resonate when she said that “The only thing I care about more than music is equal human rights” and that there was a GLAAD donation box at the merch table which was decorated by her sister.
Describing her INXS cover of “Never Tear Us Apart” from Fifty Shades Freed as “Things get moody, that’s when I came in,” we were vibing along to a fresh take on an old classic. Briggs ended her set with fan favorite “River,” continuing the same high energy that she started with, and grinning from ear-to-ear when she exited the stage.