Playing hits from their newest EP, The Japanese House captivated the sold out audience at the Globe Hall in Denver on March first.
Amber Baine’s catchy song, “Face Like Thunder,” had her fans hyped up and singing along in the front row. This song features a lot more pop hooks than her earlier music. The stage featured flashing technicolor lights and smoke, while she killed her guitar solos followed with screams from the packed audience. Amber’s vocals were often matched with an ongoing bassline topped off with some modern synths, keyboards and drums. The song “Good Side In” is actually quite depressing but it offers a vibrant sound to the hyped up crowd. The audience was swaying back and forth, closing their eyes and mouthing the words. A lot of her music expresses a somber tone, but it’s hard not to feel happy while listening to it. The crowd went wild when they heard the beginning of her song “Leon.” This is one of her oldest written songs and a crowd favorite. She continued to play from her previous EP’s “Pools To Bathe In,” “Clean,” and “Swim Against The Tide.” Her soothing voice created a highly electronic atmosphere that was transcending and mesmerizing.
Amber closed the night with “Still.” This is a hit from her first EP, which is a crowd pleaser for anyone who has been listening to her music from the beginning. A few screams came from the crowd saying “I love you” and “You’re killing it” as she laughed shyly. At the end of her show, she handed out her set list to a fan in the crowd and threw her picks to be caught by the cheering individuals. Many of her fans were lining up in the merch line to purchase shirts, hoodies, vinyls and posters immediately after the show. They were even waiting outside her tour bus with this merchandise in hopes to get a signature.
The show sold out at Lost Lake and in order to get a few more people in the door, they moved the venue. The Globe Hall has a small bar, a compact stage and great staff. There were great vibes from the beginning of The Japanese House’s set to the very last person leaving the door.
Denver isn’t the only city The Japanese House has sold out in. They had sold out shows in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. Amber continues to reflect her emotions from each live and engaging performance every step of the way on her tour. The Japanese House has made waves with their newest EP that is unusual, mesmerizing, a bit depressing, yet uplifting. Amber is on a journey to “Swim Against The Tide” and she is bringing us all with her.
Author: Gabriel Gutierrez
Gabriel Gutierrez is a junior at MSU Denver studying Business Management. He serves as the Music Director at Met Radio as well as an artist manager for D.I.M.E Denver and as the Denver college and lifestyle marketing representative for Universal Music Group. You can follow Gabriel on Twitter @GabeGutierrezG.