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BOY At The Fonda: Review

Katie Buenneke |
November 4, 2013 | 10:29 a.m. PST

Theater Editor

BOY at the Fonda. Photo by Katie Buenneke/Neon Tommy.
BOY at the Fonda. Photo by Katie Buenneke/Neon Tommy.
There’s something quintessentially European about BOY, the Swiss-German pop duo. It’s not their musical stylings, which take more after Sara Bareilles than Europop artists like Ylvis or ABBA. Watching them perform, though, they’re unmistakably European, in all the most pleasant ways.

Jeremy Messersmith, a Minnesota-based singer-songwriter, got the evening at the Fonda off to a nerdily hipster start, decked out in thick-rimmed glasses and singing charmingly morbid tunes like “A Girl, a Boy, and a Graveyard.”

The mellow mood continued once BOY took the stage. The Fonda’s dramatic lighting slowly revealed the duo, who stood at the front of the stage and performed to the excited, if quiet audience. Valeska Steiner (vocals) and Sonja Glass (bass) have a strong bond, and they happily shared their experiences and music with the crowd at the Fonda. BOY was thoroughly charming, easily brushing off moments that could have been awkward.

For the most part, BOY’s songs are pretty low-energy. Of course, they all have their own pulse and story to tell, but they’re not throbbing rock anthems, and that’s totally fine. The audience found solace in the soothing sing-along portion of “Silver Streets.” Things really livened up on numbers like “Boris,” an angry anthem about a handsy boss, and their finale (and biggest single), “Little Numbers.”

When the band came out for their encore, though, they had a whole new energy, commanding the stage during their rendition of the “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” theme song. Even though it was the next-to-last night of their American tour, the night was far more sweet than it was bitter. Steiner and Glass genuinely seem to enjoy making music with each other, and sharing it with an appreciative audience.

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