Poppy, as I knew her a year ago, was a quirky and eccentric blonde with vacant eyes and vaguely political messages. She was somewhat of a polarizing figure on the internet, and love her or hate her, everyone certainly knew who she was. (Check out OG Poppy HERE.) Fast forward to 2019 and the announcement of her new album I Disagree. She kicked it off with a single entitled “Concrete” on August 22, and needless to say, I was floored. It was a hectic mishmash of styles that flashed between a bubblegum pop chorus and metalcore breakdowns, and I loved every second of it.
When she announced a tour following the release of I Disagree, I scrambled to get my hands on tickets. I couldn’t wait. In addition to loving all the singles that had come out so far, I had also been lamenting missing the Threesome Tour, which featured Bring Me The Horizon and Sleeping with Sirens (a legendary lineup), so I wasn’t missing out on another opportunity to see Poppy.
On to the topic at hand: the performance was fantastic. The mix was beautifully balanced, the instrumentalists were all marvelously talented, and Poppy had excellent stage presence. When she came on stage, she looked absolutely adorable, sporting mahogany space buns and a shiny silver suit. Braids intertwined with red hung down, thrashing and whipping as she performed. She was absolutely captivating! While naturally she was in character the entire time, it looked like she was having a lot of fun, which is really all you can hope for when you watch someone you admire perform. Her backing band was incredible; there wasn’t a note out of place, and I appreciated the attention to detail in the tightness of their playing. Her sound team must be magical, because in all the shows I’ve been to both at Brighton Music Hall and most other venues in Boston, I’ve never heard a mix so balanced. Though it was incredibly loud, everything could be heard evenly and clearly, so kudos to the live engineers—their hard work and expertise paid off. Overall, the entire show was so much fun! The energy was electric, the spirits were high, and it was one of the most exciting shows I’ve been to in a while.
There was a moment that stood out and truly resonated with me, and I couldn’t get it out of my mind: something that I felt encompassed the energy of the show. At a point in the night when the energy had plateaued, Poppy stood facing the massive lightboard upstage of the band. The room was quiet and still, matching her actions as the back of her shiny metallic costume peered out over us, the anxious fans. A sudden voice, calm and cool, rang out from the speakers above us.
Everything is going to be fine.