Globe Hall- Denver, CO
March 1, 2017
This time around The Japanese House has the spotlight all to herself, stepping out of the shadow of her fellow label mates and mentors, The 1975. Singer-songwriter Amber Bain, small in stature and a seemingly timid personality, sure knows captivate a room with her music. Between Bain’s layered harmonies, the synthesizer and the effortless chords coming from her ice blue guitar, the crowd was inevitably swaying side to side or bobbing their heads along with the beat, myself included. The Japanese House started and ended with two of her staple songs Clean and Still from past EPs, with old and new mixed in between. Bain’s talent definitely makes up for the low budget set up, and once they started playing I hardly even paid attention to the eye-watering smoke machine that continuously filled the room. Bain and her band mates got into their groove right off the bat and it felt like everyone was just hanging out and enjoying a chill evening. The fans all sung along, carrying Bain even when she slipped up on her lyrics—which she recovered quickly from—followed by an easy-going laugh. She seemed very much in her element and the audience was loving it.
Her new EP Swim Against the Tide is such a complement to her sound and the crowd was excited to revel in what she had to offer on her headlining tour. Even with all the technicalities within her indie/electronic pop songs, Bain seamlessly replicates her recorded sound into her live performances. There is an undeniably dreamy quality about her voice and her mysterious lyrics keep you on your toes (dancing of course). Face Like Thunder was a fan favorite here in Denver, but really you can’t go wrong with any of The Japanese House songs. Amber Bain is paving a nice path for herself with her unique sound and attention to musical detail. She has so much potential and I personally cannot wait to see what she will put out in the future.