Review + Photos: Day Wave at Mississippi Studios
Written by joe on June 2, 2017
FFO: Hippo Campus, Colony House, Fickle Friends, Mating Ritual
On June 1, Oakland shoegaze inspired pop artist Day Wave (fronted and lead by Jackson Phillips) stopped by Portland’s Mississippi Studios in celebration of his debut album, The Days We Had. It was the perfect intimate show to kick off a tour.
It was the first night of tour, and even the supporting act, Blonder, was surprised and expressed their gratitude to the welcoming Portland crowd. Audience members were interacting and talking with members of Blonder as they were tearing down the set, and even asked for their pictures. Day Wave was no exception. The band did a great job compiling a setlist for the tour, and created a well balanced list of songs from the EPs and their recent debut album. The night kicked off with “Something Here,” the lead single for the album The Days We Had, and ended on “Drag,” the very first single Day Wave released. The crowd was all smiles the entire night, dancing along, and many people were also singing along with Phillips. There were people there who had gone to the show for a drink and enjoy music, but that didn’t mean there weren’t any Day Wave fans within the crowd. Looking down from the balcony at the mass of people below was uplifting, everyone was staring back at Day Wave in awe, mesmerized by the soft, dreamy pop music being produced. If anyone hadn’t heard of Day Wave before the night, they definitely fell in love with the band. After “Drag” was played, the band thanked the audience and left the stage, but came back only a minute or two later to a crowd cheering and begging for an encore.
Prior to the encore and “Drag”, Phillips interrupted his set to thank the audience for coming out to the show. He explained the last time he was in Portland there were only a few people in the room, and now he was staring out at a filled Mississippi Studios. Philips told the audience he was so grateful, it was the perfect way to start out the tour, and he would be back in Portland again, really soon…
– shots from the show (joe hernandez photography) –