Concert Review: Cigarettes After Sex

On April 30th, 2018 I went to the Cigarettes After Sex Concert that took place in The Observatory North Park. The band consists of: Greg Gonzalez (singer and guitar player), Phillip Tubbs (keyboard), Randall Miller (bass), and Jacob Tomsky (drums). The room filled with silence as the band came on and started playing "Young and Dumb". The dim lights, and quiet room was the perfect atmosphere for listening to Cigarettes After Sex.

During their song Affection, the lights became bright for the first time as they flashed the lights towards and away from the audience. The ambience of the room suddenly changed as Greg Gonzalez talked for the first time after "Each Time You Fall in Love", only to reminisce about his previous experience playing in San Diego. As the concert was coming to an end, they played the song that I was looking forward to the most, "Apocalypse". I remember listening to this song in my room with the lights off and being excited about one day having the chance of listening to it live.

As I stood in the audience listening to the song I couldn’t help but realize the simplicity of the whole band. They say, in music, saying the least with your instrument is sometimes best. In the case for Cigarettes After Sex, I would have to agree. The resonating whole notes being played by the bass, the delay effect on the guitar, and the three piece drum set playing a simple rhythm filled the whole room with this sense of warmness. Cigarettes After Sex played, in my opinion, one of the best sets that I have heard this year.

Aztec Music Group

Aztec Music Group, San Diego, CA