Urban Cone - Bootleg Bar, LA 29/01/13
On an unusually chilly winter night in Los Angeles I somehow managed to venue hop on a Tuesday. From Mid-City to Echo Park, I headed to my favourite venue in town, Bootleg Bar to check out a band that I have to credit Spotify for introducing me to. The headliner, Swedish party starters, Urban Cone.
Months back when I relied on curated playlists and internet radio, I somehow stumbled across one of those tunes that stuck in my head. As time went on, I realized there was an ongoing pattern that led me to research the Scandinavian quintet. The tune, "Kings and Queens", the band, Urban Cone. The outcome, more than met my expectations. After a roster switch from French openers, Saint Lou Lou, LA-based band Hot As Sun stepped in to support and get the crowd going. Megaphones, high heels, and power vocals made for a hypnotizing set. "Come Come" epitomized the band as a whole with a sultry introduction to a gripping chorus. Hot As Sun may have had local support but they impressed the audience as their set progressed with stylistic and well-crafted easy-listening tunes.
As Urban Cone geared up for a worthwhile sound check, people filled in the room's empty spaces and anticipated fans had their eyes peeled for the late night weekday performance. Unsurprisingly, I had my first celebrity sighting in Los Angeles as I bumped into actor Justin Long casually waiting for his date in the corner of the venue. Just as down-to-earth as I imagined, he made my night from work confirm that my favourite venue always welcomed a relaxing atmosphere to check out some of the best emerging acts in a city populated amongst legendary spots throughout LA's urban sprawl.
Urban Cone fed off the crowd's energy throughout the end of the night as their catchy songs, hand-claps and stage presence made them seem like they were a seasoned band who had played thousands of gigs in their career. Each band member showcased their enthusiasm. Grateful for the crowd that had shown up to support and danced along with them, the band played the previous night at Bardot and continued to build their west coast followers rounding off with a more posh show at The Standard Hotel the following night. Having played their entire Our Youth EP, the guys had secured a consistent set beyond their experience. Cheers from the audience weren't only a testament that we can see big things from Urban Cone, but just proved that you can get a Tuesday night crowd dancing. Pop tunes and high-energy mirrored Two Door Cinema Club, though Urban Cone already looked like vets on Bootleg Bar's stage ... maybe at their next LA pit stop they'll be rocking out in the back at the theater because it's always a good sign when the crowd chants for one more song.