Two guys and a girl make up the indie pop group, Love Inks, who took the hot and sticky stage Tuesday night at Emo’s to open for Bobby Birdman and YACHT. Though most who arrived in time to watch their set were crowded around the bar, the three musicians performed a slew of laid-back, catchy songs. Lead vocalist Sherry Leblanc managed to spell out ephemeral melodies while draped in a chic, but undoubtedly stifling, black cape. Behind the vocals were strong, peppy backbeats by guitarists Adam Lennel and Kevin Dehan. With this style they portray, it made much sense that the band covered David Essex’s ‘70s hit, “Rock On.” The group played several songs from their upcoming album that will release May 10, which they announced upon leaving the stage.
More and more people sauntered in as the night wore on drawing near to Bobby Birdman’s set. The multi-instrumentalist worked his magic as Jeffrey Jerusalem backed him up on drums. Birdman upped the beat after the soothing performance that led up to his, perhaps setting the stage for the headlining electropop group. Birdman swung his lanky legs from side to side with as much force he allotted his fist to pound on the drums. His energy radiated toward the crowd that eventually began to loosen up after a while and joined in the fun. That being said, it wasn’t until the rest of the YACHT gang appeared that the real dance party began.
The band travelled from Portland, Oregon, performed at Coachella and made a few minor stops before joining us here in Austin for what they claimed was the real start of their spring tour. Donning a floor-length gown as white as her pixie cut hair, lead singer Claire L. Evans belted out song after song while putting on a hell of a show. The group members had an invigorating presence not projected by many live performers. The band’s high energy evoked a sort of ‘80s dance club atmosphere that the audience immersed themselves in as well. A one-word description of this group’s live show would read “fabulous.” Evans delved into each song with her voice as well as her body, even untangling herself form the microphone cord in an extravagant manner. Not only did YACHT put on a performance to remember, but also they interacted with the audience and even invited questions at one point in the show. The group sang a few new songs from their upcoming album, Shangri-La, as well as a few old favorites. Among the collection was a surprising cover of metal-rocker Judas Priest’s “Breaking the Law.” New or old, original or covered, the YACHT and their fans’ energy remained effervescent and contagious till the end.
(YACHT performed at Emo’s in Austin, Texas on April 19, 2011)