Young New Zealand Electropop Duo Broods captivated an enthusiastic audience at The Troc here in Philly on Thursday Night.
Swedish performer Erik Hassle opened to an adoring crowd that consisted heavily of young girls. Like the headliner, Hassle performs with his brother. He gyrated and shook his hips around the stage as the fans screamed for him. His set was short but he clearly had a fanbase in attendance and they hung on his every word.
There was a long 45 minute wait for Broods to perform. I wasn’t sure what to expect from them. I had just photographed Cancer Bats at Underground Arts the day before and I knew it’d be a drastic change in tone, vibe and performance. It’s no secret that I have an immense appreciation for catchy music or (dare I say) pop so I was excited to get to experience Broods live.
Broods consist of siblings Georgia Nott and Caleb Nott, joined on stage by live drummer Jimi Mataio. Georgia danced and grooved to song after song. Her voice was sheer perfection. Between songs she was soft spoken and humble. I got the impression that she may not have always been completely comfortable as a frontwoman, but perhaps it was something she had to work at. Either way, she’s great at it now. Her beauty and talent overpowers anything else happening on the stage.
Their rendition of the ballad “Four Walls” (which Georgia says is about her “love life”) was met with the audience singing along so loudly that they actually overpowered the singer herself, which clearly touched her. The band livened up the venue with L.A.F. (which Georgia says stands for “loose as fuck”) which had fans dancing along.
Before playing their last song, Georgia thanked the fans for their support and even mentioned that she’d like to thank everyone in person. She offered to sign anything they wanted at the merch table. It’s easy to like this band and want to support them. If only all artists at this level of popularity were so gracious. The concert has been over for more than 5 hours now and their songs are still stuck in my head … and I don’t mind one bit.
Never Gonna Change
Sleep Baby Sleep
Taking You There
Mother & Father