Concert review: Owl City showcases new album on tour

Lead vocalist Adam Young and Breanne Düren, who only plays on tour but accompanies Owl City on keyboard, and backup vocalist performing in front of a crowd awaiting for more fan favorites.

By Natalie Moore and Boa Pistol-Boesch

Entertainment Editor and Contributing Writer:

Electro-pop band Owl City debuted their new album “The Midsummer Station” at The Fonda Theatre in historic Hollywood.

Opening for the main band was Matthew Koma, a three man band that rallied the crowd in anticipation of Owl City. Koma, who grew up in New York, always dreamed of rocking out on the big stage, and this may have been one of his first big break.

Rallied and ready, the crowd greeted Owl City with massive roars and complete chaos when they came on stage. They hit off the concert with a large, ornate entrance including flashing lights and blasting instrumental music. The atmosphere changed from relaxed and filled with anticipation to hyped with high hopes for the rest of the concert, as people started to move to the music and sing along.

The ceiling lighting had an underwater-like feel, that resembled a disco ball and the lights were completely in sync with the drum beat which added a feel that made your heart race.

For many fans, the concert may have seemed to become dull down as the band played some of their newer songs. That was soon fixed by the song Owl City had collaborated with Carly Rae Jepson was played, “Good Times.”

The crowd however was very mixed, and surprisingly the demographic of the event had a very wide range. There were people who seemed to be 60-70 and much young kids as younger as 8. The majority of the people there seemed to be 15-25, but no matter what the actual age was, old and young alike, everyone seemed to enjoy the upbeat music and enthusiastic band members.

There was a sea of iPods, iPhones, cameras and cellphones recording the event. In  a break during one of the songs, the band played on as lead singer of Owl City, Adam Young mentioned a heart on a woman’s iPad cover and how cool it was.

The way the band interacted with the audience was very impressive and the crowd and the band both seemed to feed off each other and the band was really eating it up. The audience was really getting into it and you could see that the band was having fun.

After playing many new songs, the band got the crowd going again with an encore featuring their 2009 hit “Fireflies.” Seeming as though the entire theatre was singing along, Young pumped up the crowd with one last song.

“Los Angeles, you’ve been a great crowd,” Young said. “And that makes you No. 79 on the periodic table.”

Owl city then proceeded to end the concert with “Gold,” a song of their new album. As Young sung from his heart, concert goers left the concert satisfied with ringing ears and fond memories.