Concert Review: Joywave delivers explosive performance at The Crocodile

After their successful debut record, How Do You Feel Now?, indie pop sensations Joywave were back with their follow up, Content, last summer. We had a chance to check them out during 107.7’s Deck the Hall Ball in December where they announced their show at the Crocodile as part of their second leg of Thanks. Thanks for Coming Tour. It felt like a small venue for the band but we were happy to catch them in an intimate setting before they returned at a larger space.

After their successful collaboration “Dangerous” with Big Data, and their own “Tongues,” they have forged their trail in the industry by constantly touring and putting on explosive performances. Tonight would be no exception as they offered one of my favorite lives yet. The stage had six small pillars surrounding it, each with an old monitor on top that would serve as the band’s intro piece. They all displayed words in the old manner of the first mac.

Daniel Armbruster was full of energy coming onstage kicking the night off with “Content” and “Now,” and they all seemed to be enjoying the set as they were constantly moving around and bringing high energy to the crowd. Guitarist Joseph Morinelli was putting on a great show on his side, catching some air in the first few songs as he jumped around feeling the music. The lights were bright, mostly backlit making it a little hard to see the band as we watched.

Armbruster stopped a few songs in to thank everyone there, sharing that Seattle was the fastest city to sell out on their tour. You could tell by the audience’s excitement that this was not a surprise at all, no one stood still for the duration of their set. “Destruction,” Doubt,” and “Tongues,” brought the most energy at the show tonight and it was a great way to spend a Sunday. These guys are always a fun show and it’s good to see that their follow up songs keep the same level of enthusiasm.

Sophia Barkalakis

Music is probably the most important part of her life. Sophia is constantly searching for new material, old and new. Always looking forward to the next live show she can attend, ready to immerse herself in the sound. "There is something so magical about attending a live show that you cannot possibly feel from a recording itself that makes it worth going to", she says. She also says she's lucky to be able to combine her passion for music with her obsession of capturing moments. She finds that being able to look at a photograph and be transported to that second of your life is indescribable and she's so grateful for all those great moments.