On Sunday night Aussie pop rockers The Griswolds brought their ‘Low Lives Tour’ to The Sinclair in Cambridge, MA for a night full of upbeat, high energy music that left nearly all in attendance with a smile on their face. The Griswolds are currently on the road in support of their sophomore album, “High Times for Low Lives.”
With each show they play, the Griswolds bring a party-like atmosphere to the stage with them, and Sunday night was no different. Opening with the song “Role Models” a song with pop and R&B elements that would feel perfectly at home in the Top 40. A few songs later on “Right on Track” The Griswolds went back to their first album, with a more synth rock, sunny day sound to it.
Audience participation was a big theme of the night, as Griswolds frontman Chris Whitehall managed to find ways to make the crowd part of the show on nearly every song. Perhaps the most significant was during the song “Be Impressive” – an offshoot of that old cheer “Be! Aggressive! B-E-Aggressive!” – Whitehall had fans spelling and chanting “Be Impressive” as if they were on the sidelines of a high school football game.
Later on, after taking an encore break, Whitehall came back onstage to introduce the title track from their new album, which he did with an inspiring speech about equality and love triumphing over hate. Before concluding their set, The Griswolds were joined onstage by Dreamers for a cover rendition of the OutKast classic “Hey Ya” which was nothing more than pure fun and a great way to cap off a set that felt like a big all night party.
Before the Griswolds took to the stage, it was Brooklyn space rock trio Dreamers that got that same party going. Dreamers music is similar to The Griswolds with their catchy & memorable pop hooks and choruses, but with Dreamers the guitar riffs of vocalist/guitarist Nick Wold are what stand out the most. Dreamers are currently supporting their debut album, “This Album Does Not Exist” which was released in November of last year. For their short, but sweet set Dreamers played mostly tracks from the album, including a stellar one-two punch of “DRUGS” and “Painkiller” two songs with powerful choruses that won’t leave the minds of those in attendance at Sunday’s show, anytime soon.
Dreamers finished their set with the energetic track “Wolves” that draws the crowd into their performance as a part of the song. By the end of the night, The Sinclair was full of exhausted, sweaty, and happy people who danced their hearts out.
Both bands are young, and in the earlier stages of their respective careers, but a lot of potential was shown in both their musical skill, and stage presence. With several dates of the tour already sold out, you will want to catch what’s left of it, to see these bands before they’re on bigger stages.
The Low Lives Tour:
March 2 Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground March 3 Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room March 4 South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground March 7 Columbus, OH @ The A&R Music Bar March 9 Detroit, MI @ El Club March 10 Chicago, IL @ Double Door March 11 Madison, WI @ The Frequency March 12 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock March 14 Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar March 16 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater