There are many different types of music. There is music that can make you angry, music that can make you smile, and even music that can make you think.
As listeners we choose to remember the music that we listen to and as such listeners we inadvertently attach meaning to those individual sounds and words through the working availability of those tingling earth-bound emotions.
Angels ‘ Airwaves, Meg ‘ Dia, The Color Fred, and Ace Enders are all musicians that seem to understand this uncalculated ability to connect the moment to the music and subsequently append the music to the mind.
While walking into the Wiltern on Saturday, March 15, there was a distinct sense of romance and teenage-emotion abounding.
The first bands to go on that night were Ace Enders and The Color Fred. These were both groups that emphasized the melody and harmony in their music to create a derivative sense of poetic justice in terms of both the theme and lyrical content.
Both bands sang songs about life as a high school student, muddling through one relationship after another, finding both heartbreak and true romance. The three chord melodies and the overly yielding vocals gave credence to the emotion that these bands were attempting to convey to the audience.
Ace Enders did their best to liven up their performance with misplaced guitar solos and superficially screeching vocals. An “A” for effort, but their attempt at defending their ability to perform took precedent over their ability to convey the passion that is the stronghold factor involving music such as this.
The Color Fred offered much of the same as Ace Enders. Maybe it’s the fact that they don’t want to grow up and perform music properly or perhaps it was just the fact that all their closest friends and fans were there that night.
Beyond the broken and terse melodies and raspy high-end vocals, it seemed to me that they would rather try to get a laugh or a smile out of the audience rather than properly perform their own music.
The highlight of the evening came when two relatively unknown girls from Utah by the names of Meg and Dia Frampton took the stage with their musical cohorts.
Most people desperately refer to the music that was played that night as “emo,” a brand of musical motif that embodies the truest of human emotion, love and loss.
The bands preceding Meg ‘ Dia convinced the audience that they had emotion, but Meg ‘ Dia convinced the audience what that emotion meant and why it was important to feel it.
The band consists of Meg on guitar, piano, vocals; Dia on vocals, Nicholas Price on drums, Jonathan Snyder on bass and Carlo Gimenez on guitar. These are a group of growing musicians that are learning to vivify their own understanding of the music that they make, in the process they are learning to balance the style that they embody with the emotion that inspires them to make the music that they make.
They played a couple key tracks off of their debut album curiously titled “Something Real” including “Indiana” and “Cardigan Weather.” These are songs that bring out the core concept feeling of love and loss that seems to personify the music that Meg ‘ Dia perform.
The melodies are sung with a heartfelt grip, and the harmonies are enough to put anyone in the moment. The music is second only to the sister’s ability to connect to the themes that outline their music and their capacity to truly relive the star-crossed moments that they write.
At the end of the evening Angels ‘ Airwaves took to the stage in a quiet manner, with guitar loops blaring and backlight to fit the ambience of the soundscape.
They started out by playing “It Hurts” and continued with other well known songs like “Everything’s Magic,” “The Adventure,” and “Love Like Rockets.”
The mission was clear with Angels ‘ Airwaves. It wasn’t about the music that they were choosing to play but rather to play the music that would strike a poignant cord with the audience.
If this was prom night then Angels and Airwaves did their best to make sure that the nominal fee that was paid would amount to a night that should be remembered.
Everything about the performance by Angels ‘ Airwaves was very calculated and like clockwork. They were there to play the songs that the crowd wanted to hear and they succeeded in that radio-play heroism.
Another band doing what they could with what they had, and doing it very well, Angels and Airwaves stole the night with melody and melodrama.
Love and infatuation were in the air and everyone attending that night was forced to breathe it in.
If this was a mock prom night gala, then this night was a poetic moment to never forget and always remember.