On Aug. 4th, Fatal Jamz performed alongside bands Sugarcube, BOYO, and Frankie Flowers.
Sugarcube took to the stage, playing a seven song tracklist. Opening with “Dog Days,” visuals lit up the wall with live footage of Sugarcube performing, with a bit of delay added to the video. Sugarcube have a sound of laxed vibes and wavy vocals that overlap mild distorted instrumentals. Song favorites featured songs “Stoned” and “Bleach.”
With equally, if not more, wavy vibes, BOYO delivered what Ruben, the merch guy, thought was their “best performance he had ever heard from them.”
While I was a little bitter that frontman Rob Tilden didn’t play crowd favorite classics, “Control” or popular singer, “Good as Gone,” BOYO showed their versatility in range and sound. Song, “Mantra” off of Golden Days (B-Side) showed BOYO’s ability to channel the funk, and help me channel my dancing shoes.
At the halfway point of the night, Fatal Jamz finally came out to perform for the latter half of the evening. Marion Belle, dressed in a too-tight buttoned up cardigan, platform shoes and small sunglasses, was the image of angelic beauty that almost seemed like a mixture of a Ramone and Freddie Mercury.
The livelihood of Fatal Jamz was vibrant and loving, Belle showing much love to the crowd, and at one point, climbing down from the stage to sing and dance to a very giddy fan. (He even held my hand and briefly sang to me) (and yes, I fell in love). Fatal Jamz also made sure to shout out their friends during a few songs.
“This song is for our good friend Allie,” Belle said, explaining how the band’s friend was going through a time of “struggles and to cherish the days.” This introduced song, “Cherish The Day.” Another pal who made the cut, Wyatt, had never before performed song “Touch The Flame,” dedicated to him.
Fatal Jamz is the essence of love and sincerity and it was quite evident in the impassioned Belle, who showed much love on stage to his accompanying electric guitarist, Andreas. While very talented musicians, it was truly their stage presence and aura that tied the night’s performance together.
My favorite jam was definitely “She Rides Horses,” which was a brand new song that had also been never performed.
Photos by Noah Kentis