A cool and rainy night was no match for us, as we prepared to head down to SteelStacks to catch a hotly-anticipated night of indie pop from Ceramic Animal and special guests, Pool Radio.
My car battery, on the other hand, was almost just enough to stop the party for LVU before it started.
Fortunately, thanks to LVU ace photographer and all-around good soul Lisa Robinson, I was able to get a jump in the Maxx Fitness parking lot and get down to SteelStacks just a few minutes late on Thursday night, just in time to catch most of Pool Radio’s set of chill, synth heavy pop. The band created a dreamy vibe, relaxing and engaging the audience with their original material, including selections from their most recent release, “Pool II.”
Then, it came time for the evening’s headliners (and ArtsQuest’s 2017 Artist-in-Residence), Ceramic Animal.
For those who haven’t seen this band live, there is a lot to take in during the experience. The first thing to note is that this band is polished — all four members were clad on this night in matching burgundy suits for a unified look. They played together just as cohesively; the band’s energetic, dynamic performance was tight musically, featuring incredible guitar work and funky rhythms all night long. Meanwhile, their presence within the room held the audience captive, with many fans singing along and hanging on every note of popular originals, including “Dreams Via Memories” and “Mistakes,” as well as a particularly enjoyable cover of The Killers’ “All These Things That I’ve Done.”