On a summer night so hot and humid it would have made Rob Thomas specify how close to the surface of the sun it felt like, amid fires and freeway closures all around Los Angeles, you would think it’d be enough to keep folks from turning up to last night’s Frankie Cosmos concert at the Echoplex, but I’m happy to report that was clearly not the case. The group has amassed a significant following the past couple of years, and this turn-out for the end of their 2017 west coast tour was the payoff.
Frankie (née Greta Kline) and her band played to a packed crowd rapt in anticipation. The audience shouted along each song and danced enthusiastically throughout the set (as thankfully the Echoplex is well-ventilated enough that nobody passed out), but also reacted mournfully as bassist David Maine revealed this was his last tour with the group. The band also performed a considerable amount of new material, some of which will likely form the backbone of the follow-up to last year’s highly celebrated LP, Next Thing.
I’d also be remiss to not point out two stellar groups opened for the night’s headlining act – local LA indie rockers Alyeska (who also shined at Echo Park Rising last month) and Iji, a Seattle-based whose brand of chill and inspiring rock and pop music recalls the kind of vibes one would get at a Mac Demarco or Alex G show. Both Iji and Frankie Cosmos sang and appeared in each other’s sets, putting the capstone on what had clearly been a fun tour for the groups.
Make sure not to miss the band as they play Growlers Six next month in Los Angeles.
Photos and words by Lee Bedrouni.