Jackson Phillips’ Day Wave Washes Twilight Concert Crowd With Atmospheric Sonics REVIEW+PHOTOS: Day Wave at Santa Monica Pier's Twilight Concert 7/21/16
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“People always say, ‘Get out of your head
You’ve been there too long
Pretty soon, you’ll be dead’
Then I thought, oh, I’ve been thinking too hard
I should come down now to get out of my head”
…were the first words I heard from Jackson Phillips’ mouth. His current musical endeavor, Day Wave opened for The Psychedelic Furs, and his organic, indie rock washed the crowd with atmospheric melodies that caused a “wave” (sorry, had to!) of relaxation to descend over myself and my camera. I let the music guide me, allowing each song to direct the movements of my camera. With the fans behind me screaming for the band’s attention, and the band in front of me singing their hearts out in an effort to win the hearts of potential new fans, adrenaline coursed through my veins. It s a flurry of excitement that was beyond exhilarating.
The CAA signed group has been on the road this year promoting their latest work Hard To Read, released earlier in 2016 following the success of the dream-pop EP Headcase. The poignant lyrics of Phillips’ second critically-acclaimed effort were – in retrospect – no doubt the perfect pairing with the evening’s headliners’ hits.
As the sun set and the evening cooled down, so did the synths on stage. Jackson and his backing band settled into a comfortable place with the building crowd that stood behind me. People there to see Day Wave, The Psychedelic Furs, or those just meandering around the pier and happening upon such lovely tunage took part in a sing-along as the moon rose. Before long, it was time to send the indie-rockers on their way, but not without the crowd feeling a tinge for them to stay on just a few songs longer. I found myself among them, hoping for just another melody to simply close my eyes and tune in to.
It’s safe to say Day Wave made more than just a fan out of me on the pier, and there’s no telling the heights to which Phillips will take his grooves if he continues on this path. I’m marking my calendar now for the wave-y return to LA, whenever that next may be!
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