In the past month, both California psychonauts Foxygen and New Zealand export Unknown Mortal Orchestra have released critically heralded albums that base their templates on the weirder, wayward side of rock and pop. Both band's albums are divergent from more standard rock fare such as music made for nights out at loud, shady dive bars, intense head banging, and three-chord-or-die punk rock. Basically, it's not a sound that you think would really translate well to an OC audience. So, it would make perfect sense then that they would book a date for their current tour at The Constellation Room then, right?
After opening act Wampire warmed things up a bit, Foxygen went up to perform. What was a duo on record suddenly became a small family on stage. It's respectable that the duo of Sam France and Jonathan Rado care enough about their live act to bring on enough members to fill up every part of a venue's stage, and a full house of musicians certainly added to the overall effect and punch of their sound. When your duo takes as many approaches as Foxygen does, having a solid live squad is essential.