There is an urgency with which Lucy Dacus unwinds her poignant anthems that never fails to enrapture the crowds that find themselves the happy target of her beguiling lull. Whether hushed to silence by the woeful heartache that unfolds on “Christine,” or driven to shout-along to the Springsteen-esque rhapsody of “Hot & Heavy,” the crowd at the Observatory OC were rightfully caught up in the ardor with which Lucy Dacus relinquishes her memories of childhood and growing-up.
Her lengthy and detailed narratives never fail to pluck some forgotten, bittersweet nostalgia from your mind — aided by the dulcet rolling of her vocals over her ever sublime bass. From the grinding riffs of “Addictions” to the meandering, slow-burn of a crescendo that escalates from a whisper to a pained wail on “Night Shift,” Dacus took every opportunity to remind fans that her angst-filled rollickers are meant to be played at a volume that really does their fervent emotions justice.
Santa Ana native Miya Folick opened up the night, flooring the crowd with her impassioned and visceral songs about love, loss, exceptional strife, and just barely stay afloat through it all. Offering up songs from her 2018 debut Premonitions and a few new pieces, Folick was a magnetizing sight between the piercing howls that punctuated her anxious, acoustic-guitar-driven wailers.
Words & Photos Steven Ward