Vagabon photos: J.D. Bray)
Los Angeles-based Rosie Tucker opened the night, playing a solo set on their guitar in support of an upcoming sophomore record, Never Not Never Not Never Not. Their soft intonations were a good match for the small but attentive audience.
Oakland’s Sucker Crush brought a similarly contemplative mood to the stage. Headed by composer Marissa Deitz, the tunes were buoyed by Deitz’s guitar playing, string and woodwind instruments, which provided a somewhat aching, brooding template. Deitz joked about one of her songs being written about divorce, and in a half-hearted attempt to lighten the mood, she introduced the following song as a tune to learn how to love again. Still, the swaying tunes of Sucker Crush felt more sweet than sour.
Bringing a bit more bite were Boy Scouts, the pseudonym of songwriter Taylor Vick. No stranger to the Noise Pop stage, the San Franciscan brought a backing band of keyboards, bass, and drums to the small venue.
Finishing up the night was New York-based songwriter Vagabon (Laetitia Tamko). Signed to San Francisco’s Father/Daughter Records, Vagabon has quickly become adored by many after her debut record, Infinite Worlds, was released in 2017.
On the dimly-lit stage, Tamko and bandmates played a criminally short set. Never sharing much stage banter, the band traversed through her songs songs about vulnerability, claiming space, and self-discovery. Though she opted for brevity, Tamko’s unique perspective undoubtedly made its mark.