Lauren Lakis at Dum Dum Fest: A Sonic Evolution Worth the Wait Thoughts+Photos: Lauren Lakis at The Echo for Dum Dum Fest 6/24/23
ECHO PARK, CA-
“…Some things are worth waiting for, and seeing Lauren Lakis live at Dum Dum Fest was one of them. Though our digital paths had crossed back in 2018, this was my first real-life encounter with her sonic force, and I wasn’t disappointed.
It’s intriguing to trace an artist’s evolution over the years. From LA to Austin and back again (at least for this evening), Lakis’ geographical journey mirrors the shift in her musical landscape. Once encapsulated by the ethereal vibes of “Lead Us On”, her sound has developed a grittier edge, perfectly evidenced in her latest seismic single “Terror Tears”.
Despite the majority of her set seeing her tethered to her guitar, it’s when she unhitched from it that magic happened. Free from its constraints, Lakis roamed the stage, injecting a wild and untamed energy into her performance. The sight was electrifying and really got the adrenaline pumping through my veins.
It’s a testament to an artist’s growth when you can track their progression not just by albums, but by the very essence they bring to a live performance. I’m glad I finally caught Lauren Lakis live; it was every bit the wait. Hopefully, I’ll catch her again sooner rather than later. Until then, I’ll be reliving this night with “Terror Tears” on repeat…”