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LIVE: Twin Shadow Blooms in the Spotlight in Pomona (8/25/2012)

By Alejandro Rubio on August 28, 2012

 

LIVE: Twin Shadow Blooms in the Spotlight in Pomona (8/25/2012)

Twin Shadow, Poolside, Mini Mansions

The Glass House (Pomona, California)

August 25, 2012

Back when you were a kid and science project season came around, you were either one of those kids who waited until the night before to glue-stick together a questionable presentation on the life cycle of water or you were one of the lucky few with poor saps for parents who invested weeks into a blue ribbon project. One of these projects was the tried-and-true "Will a Flower Grow in the Dark?" The experiment was basically this: you had two pots, each had an identical flower that was watered and tended to the same way, except one pot was kept in the light while the other was tucked away into the darkest reaches of your cupboard. Flash forward three weeks and the flower in light would explode with color while the one in the cupboard would invariably turn into a brown stick. 

You're probably wondering why I'm bringing this up, but it's just that as I was watching Twin Shadow perform on Saturday at The Glass House I couldn't help but think that George Lewis Jr. was a potted plant who, after two years in the spotlight, had bloomed into a fluorescent rock star.

With his Rickenbacker slung over his shoulder and his beloved Triumph motorcycle waiting behind him (seriously), Lewis and the band counted in their first song, "Beg For the Night" (off of Confess) as both men and women begged for Lewis from the crowd. But Lewis wasn't embarrassed by his fans' adoration the way he was last year when I caught him at The Troubadour. Eleven months ago when Lewis was still a flower in the cupboard, he would blush and laugh nervously whenever someone would yell, "I love you, George!" but now it seems as though he's not only aware of how much his fans love him, he's determined to make sure that nobody holds any love back.

And nobody did, especially not when Lewis danced onstage, hips swinging as his voice rose over Wynne Bennett's synthetic melody on "When We're Dancing." But the most striking scene of the night occurred during "Forget," their last song of their scheduled set.

Drummer Andy Bauer measured the heavy beat as the buzzing bass line and sparkling synth rattled the room. Bathed in blue light, Lewis was ringing out the first notes of the solo when he ran offstage and into crowd where he finished his solo amongst a throng of fans that screamed and reached for him as if he was a saint. 

After the song, the band waved goodbye and left the stage, but only for a few minutes before returning for an encore. 

Bennett's pulsating keys on "I Don't Care" hung across Lewis' echoing voice while Bauer's electric drums heightened the tension and tempo of the song until it erupted into mass commiseration of heartache. As the last note faded, Lewis gave his thanks and walked off for the second and final time, leaving a room of devotees hurting for more. 

Potted plant or not, it was clear as the crowd reluctantly shuffled out into the street that Twin Shadow's grandeur, if kept in the light, is not going to fade or wilt any time soon. F

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