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Album Preview: Katy Perry Has Found Her "SMILE" Once Again

After a two-year hiatus, Perry’s sixth studio album is a triumphant yet authentic return to the industry stage.

Girl with Micro Braids

DECEMBER 16, 2019

If you’re a reader who isn’t a Berklee student or isn’t aware, here at Berklee, a lot of people put on a lot of shows. On any given night on our campus, there’s usually at least one show if not more, and all are either free or low admission to students and public alike. With state of the art venues and the best minds in music all in one place, great things are just waiting to take place here at Berklee, which is exactly what happened on December 5 at the Red Room at Cafe 939.

The lineup was full of Berklee’s best - Berklee alumni band Weakened Friends headlined with current students Mom Rock and Lady Pills as openers - and they certainly put on one hell of a show. Though seemingly an unlikely trio considering their three extremely different sounds and styles, the show flowed smoothly and their sounds were harmonious. To be honest, it was a nice change from a lot of shows I’ve attended where a headlining band will book openers with a very similar sound to them, which makes sense in terms of the audiences they’re trying to cater to. However, sometimes it can make for a very monotonous and repetitive show. I don’t know if you’ve ever sat through 5 hours of nu metal, but speaking from experience, it gets old very fast.

Mom Rock began the evening on quite a high note. You can’t help but smile when you see them; their energy can only be described as infectious, and in fact, I couldn’t stop smiling from the moment they walked onstage to the moment they left. Clad in brightly colored jumpsuits and geometric glitter face paint, their bubbly and whimsical aesthetic radiates joy. Similarly, their music was upbeat, high-energy, and utterly jubilant, making for a wonderful, fun, and carefree start to the night.

Next up was Lady Pills, who strongly juxtaposed Mom Rock’s youthful energy and brought us all down to chill. Throughout their set the term that kept coming to mind was Wasteland Rock (which, admittedly, I don’t think is a genre), but the way the chords rang and the empty spaces within the music reminds one of the vast openness of a desolate wasteland. The ambience was peppered with sounds akin to wind and howling creatures on a mysterious desert night. It was truly fascinating. With moments of distortion and heaviness, there always came an eerie hollowness shortly following or preceding it, and overall, their set was impactful, introspective, and absolutely incredible.

The final band and headliner for the night was Weakened Friends, a ⅔ Berklee alumni band with a loveable penchant for swearing and beanies. Their set was energetic, fun, and an empowering romp through the hardships of the music industry. They spoke frequently about their recent departure from their management due to legal and personal issues, and how tough it is to be treated fairly in an industry that loves to take advantage of and stomp all over new artists. Their story is all too common in the world today, and is a reminder to never let yourself be taken advantage of, even if it means letting go of traditional stability.

Overall the night was full of highs and lows, a lot of fun, and a ton of great music. It was a fantastic show, and I look forward to seeing what these three spectacularly talented bands will achieve in the future.

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