The Mowgli’s – The Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA – June 8, 2016
For their spring tour, The Mowgli’s brought out a sold out crowd to the legendary Troubadour in West Hollywood, located in the band’s home town of Los Angeles. Their alternative pop rock style drew in people of all ages, along with the opening acts The Greeting Committee and Pom Poms, who both played in effortless harmony.
Kicking off the night first was The Greeting Committee. The four-person group played songs off their EP It’s Not All That Bad. For the young band’s first show in Los Angeles, their high strung energy and dancing drew in the crowd. At a sole instrumental period, the female lead singer and bass player Addie Sartino bravely took steps down to the floor where she laid down and danced between the audience’s feet. This caused for even greater excitement within the audience, taking pictures of, and even with, her. As the final song played out, the band thanked The Mowgli’s for taking them on tour and the crowd for being so enthusiastic.
Next up were the Pom Poms. Vocalist Marlene Gold opened the set with “Bang Bang” originally done by Frank Sinatra. Although the band doesn’t have an album out yet they performed their single “Betty,” and Gold’s strong vocals echoed through the small venue. Smooth alternative beats made the audience nod and sway along with the lead singer’s dancing. One last applaud was given after the five-piece said their thanks and goodbyes to the crowd.
A wave of joy and excitement spread through the venue; the time finally arrived for The Mowgli’s to hit the stage. The audience were not the only people ready for the band though, as Daniel Franzese, Damien from Mean Girls, came out to introduce the group as a surprise and stated he was a huge fan. Once he was finished, three of the six members walked down the steps, grabbing the bass, sitting at the keyboard or the drums, and starting the track to “Bad Dream.” The three vocalists, Josh Hogan; Colin Dieden; and Katie Earl, joined them, and Josh started off the singing as the crowd cheered and screamed. The colorful lights flashed over the fans and the band members. Certainly no one could be living in a bad dream at a Mowgli’s concert. Next up they performed some of their hits “Whatever Forever” and “Summertime.” Their warm energy and welcoming smiles made the crowd dance and shout freely.
Working on a new album to come out in fall 2016, Katie and Colin introduced a new song called “Monster,” which was just as catchy as it sounds. As the lyrics, “You’re not alone, even if you feel so far from home,” were sung from “You’re Not Alone,” the audience grew closer to each other and the group. While the show moved along, Katie introduced the man on the keyboard as Dave, who, like the rest of the band, was from LA and was going to play a little guitar to get away from the keys for a bit. The audience cheered him on to shred away all nervousness he had built up.
Singing “Clean Light” from their first album Waiting for the Dawn, The Mowgli’s brought out guest vocalist Julia Nunes, who sings on the track. With Andy Warren on the drums and Mathew Di Panni on bass along with a dropped disco ball, the fans were captivated. Soon after, Colin Dieden asked if anyone knew about the new single that just came out a few weeks ago. This received obvious shouts of ‘yes’ right before he started off the single “Freakin’ Me Out.” The song not only gave the audience an idea of the sound of the new album but how great it would be.
Taking a pause for a little, Katie took the chance to talk to the audience and speak about how the Mowgli’s and their music work to promote self-love. She stated that every day one has to tell themselves, “I’m good,” which gave away the next song from their most recently released album Kids in Love. Roaring with happiness, the crowd sang each inspiring lyric. It would be surprising if any person who attended wasn’t impressed with the movement and songs of the band. Next song up was “Say it, Just Say it,” then the band made their way back up the stairs before coming right back for the encore. Any Mowgli’s fan knows they could never end a set without performing their greatest hit “San Francisco.” The upbeat instrumentals and the amazing harmonization left the crowd in awe. It was definitely a remarkable way to end the show.
The Mowgli’s thanked the opening acts and everyone for coming down to watch them perform before leaving the stage for the final time. Truly, nothing beats seeing an incredible band with incredible fans to support them.
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Photos by Camille Jessie © 2016