A couple of Tuesdays ago, I spent another evening at the House of Blues. As a venue, it’s pretty nice and they manage to have really good bands there every week. (I’m going to go broke very quickly living in this city.)
Anyway, this time it was Atlas Genius and it was yet another amazing show. They opened with “On a Day” and I was immediately sure I would enjoy the show, despite the unnecessarily drunk women dancing behind us. Their set list was entirely made up of the songs from their only studio album, When It Was Now, that was reissued last February. My personal favorites were “Back Seat” (featuring a killer bass riff) and “Don’t Make a Scene.” Of course, they played their most well known songs, “If So” and “Trojans,” which I’m sure you’ve heard on the radio.
Lead singer Keith Jeffery rightfully entices cheering from predominantly-female crowd. I was a little confused by the amount of open space on the stage but Jeffery uses the space with ease. At one point he climbed down and walked along the barrier during “Back Seat.” His brother, Michael Jeffery, commanded a lot of attention with his drum kit, too.
It was a good show before Atlas Genius even took the stage, thanks to their openers Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. and Family of the Year. It felt like a party with the boys of Jr. Jr. due to their album (The Speed of Things) dropping that same day. They are a lot of fun to watch on stage, especially because of Joshua Epstein’s full head of hair. Family of the Year was equally as great, playing a personal favorite of mine, “The Stairs.”
All in all, it was another concert worth losing sleep over. I do wish there had been more people in the audience, but now is your chance to lay claim to some indie cred by making Atlas Genius your new favorite band.