Dreamy surf pop with hints of the 90’s courtesy of the Drums at San Francisco’s Fillmore

The Drums brought their dreamy surf pop tunes to the historic Fillmore in San Francisco Friday night while continuing their successful US tour. The sold out show drew in a huge eclectic crowd that I was actually pretty surprised to see.

Opening bands for that evening were Soccer Mommy and Stef Chura. I hadn’t heard of Soccer Mommy before, but was pleasantly surprised by their simple, mellow, catchy tunes. Sophie Allison (singer/guitarist) has a soft voice that complimented their songs perfectly. Stef Chura followed up with their set. Strangely enough, Stefs vocals sounded a bit like a combination of Alanis Morissette and Patti Smith to me. Her guitar sounds brought hints of 90’s rock into the mix along with a bit of a psychedelic effect at times. Both openers put on really great sets that brought fresh sounds.

By the time The Drums were set to take the stage, the venues open floor was packed full of people ready to dance. Singer, Jonny Pierce stepped onto the stage with a sequins Adidas suit and platform shoes that made him a lot taller than he already was. This band always puts on very energetic shows and this night was no exception. Jonny Pierce used every bit of the stage as possible, often coming to the foot of it to get up close to the fans. He didn’t seem to mind the crazy amount of people that would try to reach out to him whenever he got close. At one point fans started to raid the stage just to try to get a chance to dance around on stage and steal a hug from Jonny. It started off with one fan going up onto the stage, then out of nowhere, a crowd of fans had made their way up.

Soccer Mommy

All of them trying to dance and get a hug, but security quickly stepped in and cleared it all up. In between songs, Jonny expressed his joy for being able to perform in San Francisco. This night in particular was a special night for him. He gushed about his love and appreciation for boyfriend, Keon Smith, the inspiration behind a lot of the songs off their new album, Abysmal Thoughts. He was extremely excited that Keon had brought his mother and a few other family members out to watch the show and ultimately get to spend some time bonding with Jonny.

The entire show felt like it had gone by way too fast. With all the energy in the room and everyone having an awesome time, The Drums came out for two encores to try to keep it going for a bit longer. As the show ended, people made their way to the exit where The Fillmore staff handed out custom posters to commemorate the show. These posters are only made whenever a show is sold out at this venue and quickly turn into a collectable item. With fans making their way out; many could be heard saying that they can’t wait to be able to catch The Drums play again in the future.

Soccer Mommy

Stef Chura

Stef Chura

Natalie Baeza

Natalie Baeza is a San Francisco based audio engineer and photographer. You can see more of her work at nataliebaeza.com.

Dreamy surf pop with hints of the 90’s courtesy of the Drums at San Francisco’s Fillmore

The Drums brought their dreamy surf pop tunes to the historic Fillmore in San Francisco Friday night while continuing their successful US tour. The sold out show drew in a huge eclectic crowd that I was actually pretty surprised to see.

Opening bands for that evening were Soccer Mommy and Stef Chura. I hadn’t heard of Soccer Mommy before, but was pleasantly surprised by their simple, mellow, catchy tunes. Sophie Allison (singer/guitarist) has a soft voice that complimented their songs perfectly. Stef Chura followed up with their set. Strangely enough, Stefs vocals sounded a bit like a combination of Alanis Morissette and Patti Smith to me. Her guitar sounds brought hints of 90’s rock into the mix along with a bit of a psychedelic effect at times. Both openers put on really great sets that brought fresh sounds.

By the time The Drums were set to take the stage, the venues open floor was packed full of people ready to dance. Singer, Jonny Pierce stepped onto the stage with a sequins Adidas suit and platform shoes that made him a lot taller than he already was. This band always puts on very energetic shows and this night was no exception. Jonny Pierce used every bit of the stage as possible, often coming to the foot of it to get up close to the fans. He didn’t seem to mind the crazy amount of people that would try to reach out to him whenever he got close. At one point fans started to raid the stage just to try to get a chance to dance around on stage and steal a hug from Jonny. It started off with one fan going up onto the stage, then out of nowhere, a crowd of fans had made their way up.

Soccer Mommy

All of them trying to dance and get a hug, but security quickly stepped in and cleared it all up. In between songs, Jonny expressed his joy for being able to perform in San Francisco. This night in particular was a special night for him. He gushed about his love and appreciation for boyfriend, Keon Smith, the inspiration behind a lot of the songs off their new album, Abysmal Thoughts. He was extremely excited that Keon had brought his mother and a few other family members out to watch the show and ultimately get to spend some time bonding with Jonny.

The entire show felt like it had gone by way too fast. With all the energy in the room and everyone having an awesome time, The Drums came out for two encores to try to keep it going for a bit longer. As the show ended, people made their way to the exit where The Fillmore staff handed out custom posters to commemorate the show. These posters are only made whenever a show is sold out at this venue and quickly turn into a collectable item. With fans making their way out; many could be heard saying that they can’t wait to be able to catch The Drums play again in the future.

Soccer Mommy

Stef Chura

Stef Chura

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