As a child of the 80s, I have some fond memories of that era. Big hair, interesting clothes choices and some really fun music. Luckily, it looks like the 80s are totally back, thanks to YACHT’s show at Club Dada this past week.
Before we get to their stellar set, let’s talk about the openers. ZHORA, fronted by former Ishi Walk Like An Egyptian-er Taylor Rea, brings the dance party in a big way. I was blown away by Rea’s singing skills, which are showcased much more with her new band. Watching ZHORA perform brings back memories of Cyndi Lauper, and totally in a good way. Rea got the crowd up and moving – no easy task for the first act of the night.
And Dallas, before we move on, let’s have a quick chat. I know I was hard on you a few weeks ago about the whole talking during shows thing. On Thursday, you showed that you can change your ways. The crowd at this show was awesome, dancing nonstop and showing everyone how going to a show is done. Props to you.
Onuinu (pronounced on you, in you – no, I don’t know why) was up next. The band consists of 2 dudes from Portland, jamming out to a somewhat electronic, yet more instrumental, sound. I dug their first track, but their set didn’t really go anywhere from there. I don’t think their sound stood out enough, but I’m going to give their recorded tunes a shot – I have a feeling they’re pretty much the same.
YACHT, as expected, stole the show. Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans know how to handle a live crowd – Evans even took questions from attendees (as long as they raised their hands!) Their set was a nonstop dance party, full of 80s inspired electropop songs that had the crowd dancing, cheering and screaming for more. Bechtolt and Evans are incredible performers whose almost choreographed dance routines keep each song interesting, even if you’ve heard it on the radio 4,000 times.
So, props for that show to ZHORA, Onuniu, YACHT and most of all, to you, Dallas, for making it an awesome night.