Brooklyn based synth-rockers Little Daylight kicked off their Hello Memory Tour in Allston, MA last week with a high-powered, energetic set in front of the Great Scott crowd. The three piece band is made up of vocalist/keyboardist Nikki Taylor, bassist/keyboardist Eric Zeiler, and guitarist/floor drummer Matt Lewkowicz. The live line-up is rounded out by drummer and touring-only member Ernesto Karolys. Little Daylight’s sound is best described as a blend of Metric and Imagine Dragons, with catchy synth hooks, and pounding floor drum beats their alt-rock/alt-pop sound is the kind of music that can both pump you up, and make you want to dance.
Their set was drawn mostly from their debut album “Hello Memory” as tracks such as ‘Runaround,’ ‘No One Else but You,’ and ‘Mona Lisa’ made up much of the early set. However, the pre-album track ‘Glitter & Gold’ also found it’s way into the set early. A slow paced ballad entitled ‘Love Stories’ slowed things down a bit mid-set, as vocalist Nikki Taylor showed off her outstanding voice drawing attention from even the crowd at the bar in the back of the room. Before the set drew to a close the already high energy level was pushed through the roof on the booming track ‘Overdose’ which draws comparisons to a faster-paced version “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons. Taylor stated that they usually close their sets with ‘Overdose’ but on this night it would be a little different as they performed their recently released cover of the David Bowie classic ‘Let’s Dance.’ The band returned to the stage for a one song encore before heading to the merch table to meet with their fans.
Little Daylight’s set brought the kind of entertainment value that carries weight today. Their blend of electronic synths, drum beats, and catchy guitar licks is what indie rock is all about these days. With similarities to bands such as Neon Trees, Metric, Bastille, and Charli XCX, they should have no problem finding success in today’s alternative rock scene. They’ve already made appearances at SXSW and on Late Night with Seth Myers and will be making upcoming appearances opening for bands such as Clean Bandits and Capital Cities.