“A dance party to be remembered” is what fans of Capital Cities and Gemini Club will take away from Thursday night’s performance at Popscene.
Openers, Gemini Club played their mix of indie-electronic dance sounds and got the crowd moving early in the night. Coming out on stage, lead singer Tom Gavin said, “Driving over the bay bridge today, I noticed that you have one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Does God live here?” and that was the beginning of what would be a very memorable set. The four-member band from Chicago, IL were all smiles throughout their performance and the partygoers gave back with high energy. Playing tracks off 2012’s Here We Sit, including “Candles,” “By Surprise” and “Can’t Believe You Said That,” Gemini Club turned Popscene into a hot sweaty nightclub.
Headliner, Capital Cities brought their blend of electro pop rock to the stage just before midnight. Playing to a sold out venue, they opened with a cover of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” and continued with tracks off their self-titled EP including “I Stole My Bed, But Not My Stereo” and “Love Away.” In the middle of the set, Capital Cities’ consisting of duel frontmen Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian, gave an impromptu dance lesson reminiscent of a totally awesome 80’s teen flick. Other band members included guitarist Nick Merwin, bassist Manny Quintero, trumpeter Spencer Ludwig and drummer Channing Holme.
Catchy and danceable, Capital Cities’ blend of irresistible music kept the dance floor packed all night with eager fans. Closing out their set with radio and fan favorite single “Safe and Sound” made it hard to believe that this band has yet to be signed.
-Written and photographed by Maggie Percell Corwin