The Sounds, who hail from Sweden and are vocally admitted to being proud for not living in America, visited our silly country to bring a energetic and lively performance to the North Park Observatory in San Diego, during their tour. Their show awakened years of nostalgia and all the love their fans have for the multi-genre styled band. Their musical flavor ranges from a pop-rock, indie flair that sometime exudes synth and club type new wave that makes you need to groove to the music and "Shake Shake Shake" With somebody like Maja Ivarsson, the robust and *undoubtably my forever woman crush and idol of female singers*, vocalist and leading lady of The Sounds!
The Sounds played a vibrant show highlighting songs over the last 15 years of their musical history, with gems from all 5 of their full length albums that range since their 2003, "Living in America", all albums in between and also debuting 3 songs off their newest EP "The Tales That We Tell".
Two weeks prior to their show they posted a photo on their band Facebook that asked their beloved fans what THEY think they should add to their playlist, to be sure everyone had a voice in what they wanted to hear. OF COURSE even I had to comment on it to make sure I heard my favorites, which was pretty hard, because though I have a couple songs that I swoon over more than anything, I LOVE all of their stuff! How many bands do you know that reach out to their fans that way ever?
Their shows are always such an exciting blast, the type of show you could bring a friend to who doesn't know their music, and they would STILL have a blast movin' and groovin' and watching the band and especially Maja socializing with the crowd, as if she is best friends with everyone in the room! The fun energy during a Sounds show is always something that lasts with you for at least a week, wishing they would come back to play already.
The other sweet thing about a Sounds show is that its the type that you tend to see fans of all ages (As long as you don't mind the F word and a Cigarette or two while she's on stage). Every time I see The Sounds I tend to see some mini fans in the crowed, and at this North Park show in particular there was a little girl, on her parents shoulders and enamored by seeing Maja in person, especially when Maja took time between songs to notice her and talk to her, telling her how awesome it was so see such a young fan having the time of her life!
The Sounds put on a lively show, impressing the crowd with their flow of musical talent, and big sounds then contrasted to a couple soft acoustic songs. Maja showed off her sweet moves on stage, mic tricks, her banter and silliness, rolling around and having a smoke on stage while playing the softer songs, and of course her skill of spitting loogies super freakin' high in the air and then catching them in her hand. This woman and is a tuff font lady of a band with the a flair of her personal idol, Blondie mixed with a tomboy-like no-fucks-given attitude that I love. Mark your calendars the next time they are at a venue near you and don't miss out on all the fun! Its sure to be a great show every time! See more photos of the band in action and the setlist below.