Last Tuesday, it was a mixed crowd of moms, family friends, and 30-something hipsters at the Bootleg HiFi. There were even a few moms trying to get into the venue with lawn chairs! Totally reminded us of those supportive “soccer moms”. With Imperial Mammoth opening up the show in celebration of their record release, it was clear who the parentals were here to see. Imperial Mammoth even remarked how it was the friends and family show, not unlike their wedding. Imperial Mammoth was a soothing and subtle warm-up to The Moth & The Flame (TMTF), but it would’ve been nice if some of the people that were there for Imperial Mammoth stuck around for the (TMTF).
The band’s energetic set spanned their entire discography, with songs from their self-titled album, to the Joey Waronker produced EP, to new songs from their forthcoming album this fall. It was a bit disappointing to see how sparse the crowd was once Imperial Mammoth finished (I had a head count of less than 50 people). With a two-band bill, it’s not asking much to support the other bands, but this is the way of Los Angeles indie shows. I look forward to seeing The Moth & The Flame in front of a proper crowd at a proper venue.
The Moth & The Flame
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