The Sounds (photo: Estefany Gonzalez)
This year marked the 10-year anniversary of many great albums, including Dying to Say This to You by The Sounds.The Swedish rockers formed in the late ’90s and released five catchy full-length albums. Yet, Dying to Say This to You, an album the band recorded in Oakland, was the album which brought together a collection of Bay Area fans to The Fillmore on Sunday, December 18.
Though the night was full of nostalgia, the lineup offered performances from up-and-coming artists, too. The show kicked off with a performance by My Jerusalem, a high energy band from Austin, Texas. Next, LA’s Zipper Club dazzled the crowd with a backlit performance and a killer light show.
Despite the awesome opening acts, the crowd was eager for The Sounds to take the stage. Though the band has created a sound all its own, the group’s stage presence is reminiscent of a young Blondie during dance numbers such as “Rock ‘n’ Roll,” and of Joan Jett & the Blackhearts with punky tunes like “Hit Me.”
While the band’s original lineup has been together for more than a decade and a half, their live performance continues to be fun, sassy, and energetic. The set list included Dying to Say This to You in its entirety, including studio songs singer Maja Ivarsson said the band had never played live before this tour and joked about having to Google.