A few days ago, I wrote about why Corbu
is "The Most Interesting New Band Of 2016"
and last night at Rough Trade, I got to see them live and found out they're amazing performers and incredibly sweet humans. And to make last night even better, they opened for Lily Virginia
, who has the voice of an angel.
I walked into Rough Trade about ten minutes before Corbu was scheduled and the first people I see are Amanda Scott and Jonathan Graves of Corbu walking backstage. I was surrounded by about 25 other fans and it made me so much more excited to see Corbu for the first time in an intimate setting. Corbu walked onto the stage wearing the usual white attire, displaying their illuminated square chest pieces.
After a few technical difficulties (the mic and bass weren't hooked up and they had to restart their opening song because of it - totally not Corbu's fault), they flawlessly weaved through the songs of their debut album Crayon Soul
. Some highlights of the set being "Polygon Forest," "Sirens" and "Neon Hallways."
Corbu's creative vision extends far past their music. Corbu is a band that gives you an entire experience when you see their live performance. They're on stage in character, expressionless so you can get completely enthralled in their music that pairs perfectly with the visuals on the screen behind them. Graves passionately sings each word - usually with his head back and eyes closed. The best way I can describe Corbu's live performance is like watching a beautiful film that's in the form of a puzzle.
During one song, there were prism-like video cuts of an amusement park ride in hues of blue, red and yellow. At the end of the song, there were loud audio cuts of screams that you'd hear in a horror film playing over and over - giving the song the creepiest, most incredible ending. Graves got on the microphone and apologized, explaining that the sounds from the visual were accidentally playing over the song. But to the crowd, it didn't seem like a mistake at all. It was almost like it was meant to be a part of the show and everyone loved it.
One of the last songs Corbu performed was "Battles," which is a little more upbeat and extremely easy to bop along to. Before Corbu walked off stage, they thanked the crowd for coming and asked everyone to stop by the merch booth to say hi. When I met them, both Amanda and Jonathan hugged me and talked to me like I was an old friend. We talked about Pittsburgh (where they're both from), the amusement park, Kennywood, and planned to hang out at future shows. They're the sweetest people which completely solidified my love for Corbu.
Lily Virginia came onto the stage wearing a denim button-up shirt, a leopard print skirt and the most glorious glittery boots I've ever seen. The crowd was wild about her the moment she stepped on the stage. She gives off this ray of positive light and carries it through her voice. Her set was uplifting and pure and she surrounds herself with a band that is a perfect complement to her music. She played all of the songs on her self-titled EP, the highlights being "Can't Help Myself" and "Dreamtrain." She also played her more recent singles, "Love You More" and "Long Time." During every song, the room fell completely silent as Lily Virginia's voice captivated the crowd.
When both Corbu and Lily Virginia were performing, the crowd didn't say a word. As the two acts couldn't be more opposite of each other, they were a perfect pair to play back-to-back at Rough Trade.