Time passed so slowly at the Bootleg Bar in Silverlake on Saturday, ironic facial hair seemed to be actively growing. It was a late night and a late start for local up-and-comers Airlines — who were opening for [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Walk the Moon[/lastfm] (whom I’ve praised here before).
The endless set-up for L.A.-natives intricate, eclectic array of knobs, keyboards and laptop backtracking pushed the concert past my bedtime. Not surprisingly, my bedtime got its socks blown off by an amazing set from the Locals Only and Jonesy’s Jukebox favorites.
Unique and engaging, equal parts fascinating and just plain…strange, Airlines ripped into their 40 minute set Saturday night looking like seasoned pros, their washed out synths and electronics mixing with the standard guitars, bass and drums. A prime example of most of their set was the “chillwave” aesthetics of “Burial Grounds”, which easily could have been placed in an 80’s or early 90’s movie soundtrack:
Mid-way through Airlines won me over with a song that has been stuck in my head since, “Colors”. An epic dual guitar burner, “Colors” begins with a bouncy synth rythm and drum pattern, which suddenly get overtaken with the crunch of two blaring six-strings. It certainly grabbed everyone’s attention, getting the crowd moving and nodding:
In all honesty, the recorded version of “Colors” doesn’t do the song, or the band justice. Airlines (sometimes/formally titled The Airlines) are much, much better as a live experience. Judging by some of the non-recorded songs in their set and a post-show chat with the band, the Airlines dudes have a bright, soaring future.