Hey Violet | 03.14.17

Hey Violet gave the 400 kids in attendance a night they will always remember.

Delmar Hall, St. Louis

On Tuesday, Hey Violet’s North American tour stopped in the Delmar Loop, with support from Scottish singer-songwriter Jessarae. The show seemingly brought out every middle schooler and early high schooler in the area, with a turnout well larger than I expected. Wall to wall were cliquey groups of preteens and teens sporting an array of funky hair colors, all chattering about their excitement to finally see Hey Violet headline a show in the St. Louis area; the band had previously been through the city opening for Five Seconds of Summer on their two previous tours.

As Jessarae took the stage, the squeals of young girls were deafening. A young-ish boy with a guitar always seems to do the trick, and it’s even better when they’re truly talented; fortunately for him, this was the case. Jessarae’s voice is fluid and versatile, allowing him to jump from singing his own singer-songwriter tunes to those of the Top 40, covering Drake midset. He left the stage abruptly, leaving the crowd a little confused as to whether he was actually supposed to have ended his set. Overall, I believe there were better choices for support on this tour than Jessarae, not because of any lack of talent, but because it was a strange genre mismatch and a bit sleepy in comparison to Hey Violet.

When Hey Violet took the stage, the room ignited with energy. Their set was all you would imagine it to be, full of overdone quirky moments, bright colors, and ridiculously catchy tunes. That said, their performance was remarkably average. Each song blended into the next with little to no stylistic change, and the band’s only real standout talent was drummer Nia Lovelis. It is incredibly rare to see a female drummer, let alone one who can rock, and being as though I am all about female empowerment, I enjoy seeing women hold their own in predominantly male positions in music. All in all, maybe it’s due to the fact that I was at least five years older than any of their fans in attendance, but to me, audience members seemed immature and naive.

As the night came to a close, I found myself thinking that if I was 13 again, I might just have felt at home in attending this show. Full of edgy preteens and teen angst, the room bore a similar energy to the shows I once attended when I was younger. To their market, I think Hey Violet is knocking it out of the park, appealing to the young teens who don’t yet know what angst is truly about, while still preying on the Katy Perry–esque aspect of pop, too. I may not have had the most amazing night of my life, but judging by the fans’ reactions as they streamed out of the venue—after taking photos with the band and having their merch signed—Hey Violet gave the 400 kids in attendance a night they will always remember. | Alyssa Bardol

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Laura Hamlett is the Managing Editor of PLAYBACK:stl. In a past life, she was also a music publicist and band manager. Besides music, books, and other forms of popular culture, she's a fan of the psychology behind true crime and violent criminals. Ask her about mass murder...if you dare.

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