SAN FRANCISCO — Broods brought their North American tour full of electro-pop sounds to August Hall in support of their latest album, Don’t Feed The Pop Monster.
The New Zealand sibling duo, composed of vocalist Georgia Nott and multi-instrumentalist Caleb Nott, played nearly every song from their new LP, which ranged from darkwave to more euphoric pop. Georgia Nott ruled the stage with her passionate dancing, while her vocal ability remained incredibly tight.
Broods opened with the catchy “Sucker” and the more intimate “To Belong,” both from Don’t Feed The Pop Monster. They followed with “Sober,” from 2014’s Evergreen, which had a darker electronic sound. They also threw in a mash-up cover of Gotye’s “Heart’s A Mess” and “Eyes Wide Open.”
The set went into more upbeat rhythms with new song “Everytime You Go” to two cuts from 2016’s Conscious: “Hold the Line” and “Are You Home,” and the poppy “L.A.F” from Evergreen.
The band went back to Conscious with “Free” and continued with “Too Proud,” “Falling Apart” and “Dust,” from Don’t Feed The Pop Monster, which showed an evolution and maturity in Broods’ sound. Those used fewer sounds to create more atmospheres, while a song like “Bridges,” from Evergreen, explored more dark electronic textures.
Broods ended with“Hospitalized,” “Old Dog,” “Everything Goes (Wow)” and “Life After,” all from the new album. The encore included single “Peach.”
England’s Bad Sounds opened the show with a set full of ’70s-inspired grooves and upbeat vibes with a blend of hip-hop beats and samples with more soul, pop and R&B melodies. This blend ended up shaping very colorful and catchy rhythms, well-suited for the main act.
Bad Sounds’ set included songs from their 2018 album, Get Better, like “Wages” and “Evil Powers,” as well as older cuts like 2017’s “Are You High?” and “Zacharia.” The band, which also includes two siblings, jumped and danced all around the stage, clearly enjoying every moment.