Los Angeles band Smallpools signed to RCA in April without so much as a Facebook page or a live gig to its name, and in May dropped their first song, “Dreaming.” Now, only three months later, that single is getting play on all the major L.A. radio stations, and for good reason: it’s catchy as hell. With a buzzy flavor reminiscent of Passion Pit and Vampire Weekend, but the pop sensibility of Katy Perry, Smallpools presents itself as the perfect summer music for a young crowd who wants a bit of edge, but still has the need to blast the speakers in their car with the windows down on a sunny day.
Last night was the band’s first show in its hometown (even further proof of its overnight success) and the last day of its tour supporting headlining act San Cisco. The crowd was almost entirely teenagers at this all-ages show, and they knew every line to all the songs off the band’s self-titled debut EP. For those above the age of 20 it was definitely awkward sharing the bar space with parents chaperoning their children, but the band made the “older” crowd feel like teens again by playing a spot-on cover of New Radicals’ 1998 hit “You Get What You Give.”
Photos and words by Annie Lesser.