Phoenix Kills It At The Observatory

Photos by Sara Bluhm 

Photos by Sara Bluhm 

By: Cassidy Ta

Before finals week, I got to see Phoenix at The Observatory in North Park and it was a blast. Phoenix is an indie pop band from Versailles, France. They’ve been around since 1999–having released 5 studio albums, the latest being Ti Amo. Phoenix is for fans of Two Door Cinema Club and Passion Pit.

The crowd was very hyped for Phoenix. As soon as the opener, Slow Hollows, cleared the stage, the stage crew—in their Phoenix denim jackets—set up a clear drum kit with a light up red heart from the Ti Amo album cover. The guy next to me, even though he had already seen Phoenix play this past summer, couldn’t contain his excitement.

Phoenix played their single “J-Boy” and the lead singer, Thomas, sang the words “Make it last forever.” Those words followed by catchy synths rang in my ears throughout the night, wishing that this night would last forever. “Entertainment” is a personal song favorite because it’s the first song off their album Bankrupt! I listened to that album on repeat my senior year of high school, and it took my back to the same year when Phoenix headlined the mainstage at Coachella 2013. They played an old song, “Lisztomania”, that really got the crowd going. The band let the crowd take the first chorus, while Thomas later chimed in. They paid tribute to the recent death of Johnny Hallyday, describing him as the “French Elvis.” with an enchanting stripped-down version of “La Fille aux Cheveux Clair,” literally translated to “The Girl with Bright Hair.”

My favorite moment was seeing Thomas crowd surf and going into the crowd to personally thank the fans. It was an incredible performance from the band. You can really tell the special relationship they have with their fans. Christian was playing the guitar and smiling at the crowd any second he could. Phoenix performed other fan favorites such as, “Love Like a Sunset II,” “Trying to be Cool,” and “Drakkar Noir.” I was very lucky to catch their sold out performance. I will keep on supporting my favorite French boys as long as they keep on making music.

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