This year marks the 10 year anniversary of We The Kings‘ self-titled record, so it was only fit they toured the nation playing it in its entirety. Sunday night, March 19th, the band played an intimate sold-out gig at the Constellation Room in Santa Ana.
The first performance came from Astro Lasso, a pop-rock duet. After them came a different group with a somewhat similar vibe called Plaid Brixx, who got the crowd pumped up after the night had barely begun.
Following their performance were Cute Is What We Aim For. (Yes, Cute Is What We Aim For AND We The Kings are on the same tour; what year is it?).
Once they concluded their set, We The Kings took the stage, and opening with “Check Yes, Juliet”, and proceeded to play a set that captivated the audience from start to finish. The venue could hold no more than probably 200-something people, but with the energy, in the room it was impossible to tell; everyone was singing and screaming their hearts out to every word of every song.
Frontman Travis Clark gave humorous and heartfelt anecdotes between songs before playing an acoustic solo for “Don’t Speak, Liar” and “This Is Our Town”. It was during this the phenomenon of music that brings people together was most evident; everyone in the room wasn’t just “in the same place at the same time”, they were together, sharing a genuine and unmatched love for music. The rest of the band came back onstage to play an encore full of the well-known crowd favorites that were nearly as long as the set.
Before concluding, Clark mentioned that the band had never played a set that didn’t end with “Check Yes, Juliet”, and because of that, the tradition called for the set to feature the song not once– but twice.