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“Sad boy meets raver” Yoshi Flower performs at Elsewhere Zone One (with Rebounder and KennyHoopla)

Yoshi Flower performed at Elsewhere Zone One in Brooklyn, NY this past weekend, supported by Rebounder, and KennyHoopla.

I happened to arrive in the middle of Rebounder’s set and was surprised to see that the room was quite empty. I saw Rebounder open up for The Neighbourhood last October at Brooklyn Steel, and was very impressed by their performance. Seeing them in a smaller bar-type setting was definitely different. I enjoyed the intimacy of the space, and although there weren’t many people initially, the environment was still very lively and fun.

Rebounder’s music is very of the now, and even though the quality of their recorded sound is great, it doesn’t really compare to their live sound which is more fluid, raw, and enticing. Regardless of the space or number of people, I personally think Rebounder has got it down.

Rebounder

What interested me the most that night was Yoshi’s sound and attitude. Before seeing him perform live I didn’t have the slightest idea of what to expect. I had, of course, listened to his music prior to the show, but in terms of performance, I didn’t have the same connection or expectation that I had with Rebounder. I was engulfed by Yoshi’s confidence. As an individual performer, it can be hard to engage with the audience and keep them invested. I think that’s where KennyHoopla struggled a bit.

Yoshi commanded the audience. From the moment he walked on stage he had the people in the palm of his hand. Although he played through the first chunk of his set without saying anything, he remained in control the entire time. Something else that struck me was Yoshi’s attitude. Cool, calm, and positive. Not cheery or overdramatic. He wasn’t trying to sell anything. He was just being himself. It was honestly quite refreshing. It was also nice to see the concepts of American Raver in place during his live set. “I pledge allegiance to the rave […] with liberty and justice for some.” The edited Pledge of Allegiance was recited, the flag was hanging in the background, and the room was packed with dancing bodies.

As for his sound, R&B guitar meets EDM wonderland. Yoshi reminded me a little bit of Two Feet in regards to his swagger and guitar skills. Sad boy meets raver. It was a trip, to say the least, and I didn’t have to be on drugs to experience it. It was fun. One of my favorite moments of the night was when Yoshi performed “Dirty Water,” a new song which was officially released February 15th. During the performance of the song, he told the crowd to sing along to a specific part. It was intuitive by nature and made a lot of sense. Also, I’m almost positive that he was improvising during parts of the song as well, which made it even more exciting. The night ended with the smashing of a red Fender guitar. Super unexpected, and honestly quite shocking. My mouth dropped and my eyes widened. I mean what the hell, I’ve seen bands and artists smash their guitars before, but it was somehow different in that moment. It was a strange way to end the night, but a shocking and exhilarating one none the less.

Yoshi will be performing at Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco, CA on February 22nd. Take a listen to his new song “Dirty Water” if you get the chance… it’s a bop.

Rebounder

Pamela Wang
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“Sad boy meets raver” Yoshi Flower performs at Elsewhere Zone One (with Rebounder and KennyHoopla)

Yoshi Flower performed at Elsewhere Zone One in Brooklyn, NY this past weekend, supported by Rebounder, and KennyHoopla.

I happened to arrive in the middle of Rebounder’s set and was surprised to see that the room was quite empty. I saw Rebounder open up for The Neighbourhood last October at Brooklyn Steel, and was very impressed by their performance. Seeing them in a smaller bar-type setting was definitely different. I enjoyed the intimacy of the space, and although there weren’t many people initially, the environment was still very lively and fun.

Rebounder’s music is very of the now, and even though the quality of their recorded sound is great, it doesn’t really compare to their live sound which is more fluid, raw, and enticing. Regardless of the space or number of people, I personally think Rebounder has got it down.

Rebounder

What interested me the most that night was Yoshi’s sound and attitude. Before seeing him perform live I didn’t have the slightest idea of what to expect. I had, of course, listened to his music prior to the show, but in terms of performance, I didn’t have the same connection or expectation that I had with Rebounder. I was engulfed by Yoshi’s confidence. As an individual performer, it can be hard to engage with the audience and keep them invested. I think that’s where KennyHoopla struggled a bit.

Yoshi commanded the audience. From the moment he walked on stage he had the people in the palm of his hand. Although he played through the first chunk of his set without saying anything, he remained in control the entire time. Something else that struck me was Yoshi’s attitude. Cool, calm, and positive. Not cheery or overdramatic. He wasn’t trying to sell anything. He was just being himself. It was honestly quite refreshing. It was also nice to see the concepts of American Raver in place during his live set. “I pledge allegiance to the rave […] with liberty and justice for some.” The edited Pledge of Allegiance was recited, the flag was hanging in the background, and the room was packed with dancing bodies.

As for his sound, R&B guitar meets EDM wonderland. Yoshi reminded me a little bit of Two Feet in regards to his swagger and guitar skills. Sad boy meets raver. It was a trip, to say the least, and I didn’t have to be on drugs to experience it. It was fun. One of my favorite moments of the night was when Yoshi performed “Dirty Water,” a new song which was officially released February 15th. During the performance of the song, he told the crowd to sing along to a specific part. It was intuitive by nature and made a lot of sense. Also, I’m almost positive that he was improvising during parts of the song as well, which made it even more exciting. The night ended with the smashing of a red Fender guitar. Super unexpected, and honestly quite shocking. My mouth dropped and my eyes widened. I mean what the hell, I’ve seen bands and artists smash their guitars before, but it was somehow different in that moment. It was a strange way to end the night, but a shocking and exhilarating one none the less.

Yoshi will be performing at Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco, CA on February 22nd. Take a listen to his new song “Dirty Water” if you get the chance… it’s a bop.

Rebounder

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