The Maine + Beach Weather + The Mowgli’s
Emo’s, Austin, TX
A Lovely Little Lonely Experience
April 14th, 2017 we embarked on a little trip down to Austin, Texas to see Beach Weather, The Mowglis, and The Maine on the Lovely Little Lonely World Tour. The tour is in support of The Maine’s most recent album, Lovely Little Lonely, which you can read our review of here.
Beach Weather, who is a part of the 8123 family, started off the evening playing songs from their two EPs, Chit Chat (2016) and What a Drag (2015). Beach Weather formed in 2015 and is fronted by Nick Santino, formerly the front man of A Rocket to the Moon and Nick Santino and the Northern Wind (Obviously).
As the first opener, Beach Weather had the important job of getting the crowd moving and excited for the acts to come. In my opinion, Beach Weather did an excellent job of getting the crowd started with their indie rock jams and ~low key vibes~ (Sex, Drugs, Ect.)
Next to grace the stage was the Mowgli’s, a sextet from California. The Mowgli’s kept up the energy with their dance-worthy beats. As a band, the Mowgli’s aim to spread positivity wherever they go and that is very apparent in their upbeat tunes and feel-good lyrics such as, “I’m good, I’m good, I’m good,” and “Do you feel the love? I feel the love. C’mon, c’mon lets start it up!” The three vocalists add dimension to their fun and loveable songs.
The first thing to note about The Maine’s performance was their backdrop and stage decorations. They had a black backdrop with a ton of individual lights on it to look like a starry night. They also had gold trees wrapped in white string lights and four clouds that hung down from the ceiling with lights within them that lit up in different colors and patterns. This set up took The Maine’s light show to a whole new level that we have not seen with them before and added a captivating visual component.
During their intro, a recording of John’s voice quoting a few lyrics from ‘Black Butterflies and Déjà Vu’ while the band walked onto stage, dressed to the nines in suits, and geared up for the first song that was appropriately, BB&D. The setlist was made up of new songs from LLL as well as some oldies such as ‘We All Move Along’ and ‘The Way We Talk’, which is 10 years old this year! As per usual, The Maine had an amazing stage presence that really makes all the difference in a live show. Everyone had an seemingly unrelenting amount of energy as they jumped and danced around the stage while also engaging the crowd to sing along. The Maine put so much energy into their performance that by the end of the third song, the suit jackets had to be taken off.
Towards the end of the set, the band played Girls Do What They Want, and as the band usually does, halfway through the song, John asked two audience members to come up and help with the chorus. Every time I have seen The Maine they have done this and it doesn’t matter what that person’s voice sounds like, in that moment they are a rock star. In Austin, Rowland and Max were the lucky crowd members who made it on stage for the song.
If you are looking for a show that you can rock out and dance at without fear of being judged, then this is the show for you. John encourages the crowd to let go and have a good time during their set, which is very reassuring. This show is full of talent, great songs, and passionate artists. I highly recommend that you attend the Lovely Little Lonely World Tour when it comes to your city.