There’s little more exciting than a rock show at a train station. This Saturday night Union Station got rowdy with two sold-out shows filling in one of the intimate halls. Teens piled in for their favorite punks from the OC, Joyce Manor.
Getting things going for the night was French Vanilla. The band is the “art-punk rock” quartet of UCLA alumni. Led by bouncy frontwoman Sally, French Vanilla’s set immediately transported me to a 90’s prom. They have this super infectious sound that carries and practically demands energy from a live crowd. With loud bass lines, drums as well as a saxophone player, they don’t take their craft lightly. I’d say that they’re without any doubt worth a listen simply to take in their wildly feminist-driven lyrics.
Following French Vanilla were the boys of Surf Curse. From Reno, these two guys serve up the typical surf rock sound – very well, I might add! With one killing it with the catchy guitar melodies and one with the loud drums constantly building, they pretty much shook the walls. And just two instruments! What they lack in instruments they sure make up for in energy. The two guys appear calm and collected until they begin playing and then they couldn’t be louder.
Without further ado, the grand finale took full charge. Joyce Manor took the stage and absolutely killed. The rockers always pull a crowd of such devoted fans which really made this intimate show that much more special.
Each song of their’s called for a whole room sing-along, which in the station’s gorgeous hall echoed beautifully. Complete with all the favorites such as “Beach Community” and “Fake I.D.,” their set didn’t disappoint. It was awesome! If you weren’t there you definitely missed out.
Photos: Danielle Gornbein