like some unstoppable force. A song that's so sticky, you couldn't
separate yourself from it if you tried. Last year, that song was
unarguably Foster the People's “Pumped Up Kicks.” Now that the calendar
has turned its page to 2012, it seems we can already crown a winner for
biggest radio hit of the year.
(pronounced “go-tea-yay”) “Somebody That I Used to Know” is literally a
universal presence these days. Listeners feed off of the track,
like a drug addiction with an unwavering stranglehold on your aural
stimulus. The combination of it's relatable lyrical content and the
music's seduction makes it accessible for anyone who has a sensitive
side, even transforming the ultimate brute into a softy.
Last night in Hollywood, roughly 1,200 curious concertgoers migrated to the El Rey Theater to experience the biggest show in town. I can only imagine I was one of many in attendance who was curious to observe the audience's behavior. Would they be well-informed of the artist's work? Were they there just to get their fix of “Somebody That I Used to Know” and immediately vanish like a pack of apparitions? Or would the audience stay attentive and absorbed throughout the duration of the performance? The answers may surprise you.
By 10:15pm, the El Rey Theater was filled to the brim with an eclectic mix of individuals all ages and ethnicities, resembling a modestly attractive melting pot of men and women. I spotted hipsters, mods, casuals, elders, and all hybrids in between. There clearly was no majority or minority here, just fans.
When it was finally time for the big bertha (aka “Somebody That I Used to Know”), we were all wondering if Kimbra would slither from backstage to the forefront. However, she would not. With the explanation that the New Zealand based artist ventured back home after Wednesday's performance on Jimmy Kimmel, the task was on the female audience to make up for her absence. In a truly touching moment, every girl/woman sang at the top of their lungs covering Kimbra's verse. I'd imagine it was a dream come true for many, whom for at least a moment played the special guest to an international hit single.
Overheard in the Crowd: