Review: Lemolo @ Capitol Hill Block Party

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Lemolo at Capitol Hill Block Party, Photo by Jim Bennett

There are very few acts that can sell out not one, but two concerts at Columbia City Theater. There are even less bands that can do this for their debut album. However, with local sources ranging from our major newspapers to every blog in the emerald city raving about this dream pop duo, people have been hearing about them far before they’ve heard them. The result is that Lemolo have not only seemingly instant acclaim, but due to their unquestionable talent, instant credibility. I have yet to meet a writer or a music fan who doesn’t like this pair. In fact, everyone who hears about them seems to genuinely like them. That, my friends, is a rare feat. Especially in Seattle.  I have no doubt that these ladies will be selling out bigger venues more often in the very near future. But first, playing an incredible set at the Vera stage at Capitol Hill Block Party.

Lemolo at Capitol Hill Block Party, Photo by Jim Bennett

At Capitol Hill Block Party, where the pair was playing the Vera Stage on Saturday, their crowd waited anxiously to hear what the pair would play. The audience had that buzz about them, like they were all there to be a part of something magical. Meagan Grandall and Kendra Cox give off that sense of delight and wonderment that makes them an exciting band to watch. They seem to speak in non-verbal cues to each other throughout their set, and the result is a floating walk through their album Kaleidoscope.

Lemolo at Capitol Hill Block Party, Photo by Jim Bennett

The ladies are something special to watch. Grandall swayed in a flowing blue dress while playing her guitar and singing slinky melodies. Cox behind keys and drums bangs and bounces, and I was more captivated by this wavy haired woman than I was by most of the main stage performers. And, to be so bold, this girl band is hugely important in the Seattle music scene, as they represent girl rock that is heavy and haunting. Dream pop may not be a new sound, but there’s something unique about the way they do it. They’re dreamy, but dark. And at Block Party, the crowd ate every note up.

Lemolo at Capitol Hill Block Party, Photo by Jim Bennett
Lemolo at Capitol Hill Block Party, Photo by Jim Bennett

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