The venue held an all age crowd and a massive line that continued to grow long before doors opened, while chandeliers inside carried a blue hue and softened the atmosphere at the El Rey Theatre Wednesday night. Contemplation and anticipation ran rampant amidst last minute details from the venue’s staff in assurance that every light bulb shone brightly before the all-aged mass entered.
A lo-fi and psychedelic offering came together by the hands of Divino Niño and Shormey who were out in support of Crumb’s fall tour. Besides the girl to my right who thought I was invading her personal space with my bony wrist — in the pit of a sold out show — the night ironically boasted of carefree and ethereal vibes within Los Angeles.
Shormey kicked things off with an indie, lo-fi aurora. Led by Virginia native Shormey Adumuah, the three-piece immediately dove into a much needed stream of chillwave. With few bits of candid banter, the artist was a delightful bedroom-pop artist who added a sunnier demeanor to the dim lit stage.
Chicago’s Divino Niño sat in between the night and became a personal favorite. The ensemble fused a rhythmic groove that pulled from a variety of pallets. The Latinx band, comprised of lead vocalist/guitarist Camilo Medino, bassist Javier Forero, guitarist Guillermo Rodriguez and drummer Pierce Codina, added to the next generation of Latin-infused soul with their neo-psych riffs, and dreamy-rock melodies. Lovingly transitioning from English to Spanish with ease, the band didn’t just lock themselves in to a rooted subculture genre, but swam with timed beauty that you could pinpoint each of their travels on their audible timestamp.
Bright-pop jams to the more shoegazed ballads made up their set as Medino, Forero, and Rodriguez equally shared vocal duties. As the final minutes approached, Medino asked to play one more song, to the audience’s plea, and went into a cover of the Bee Gee’s “How Deep Is Your Love?”
The chandeliers glistened once more as the red drape closed for the final act. Brooklyn-based quartet Crumb were welcomed to a roaring crowd, of many who stood for hours for their arrival. The weary, and at times, disturbing neo-psychedelics that were thrust upon the crowd by the band were fresh and vulnerable — a quality that seemed to be the reason behind their rising success since their 2017 EP, Locket, and on their latest full-length, Jinx. Aided by liquid visuals that melted on screen, the relaxed state by the band seemed to be a youthful, joyous reminder, one of which Lila Ramani’s vocal reiterated.
A rustic saxophone opened the early threads and Brian Aronow added a jazzy composition that pulled listeners in before switching to keys. Jesse Brotter displayed an array of high kicks near the end to each bass pluck, and an acidic mind welt appeared at the end of their set. The young band’s take on psychedelia with a tinge of slacker rock seemed to not be bound by a certain age group but more of a blissful mindset covered with introspection.