Hailing from North London, alternative rock band Wolf Alice opened up the night with their raw emotion and crunchy guitars. The Oakland crowd entered a time-warp into the ’90s as front woman Ellie Roswell sang with ferocity reminiscent of Hole while strumming along with her bandmates Joff Oddie on guitar, Theo Ellis on bass and Joel Amey on drums. The crowd moshed and screamed along with Wolf Alice to jams such as “You’re a Germ,” “Moaning Lisa Smile” and their hit single “Bros.”
Chvrches then took stage as the mood at the Fox Theater turned from dark and brooding to a cheery dance party. With electric lights flashing in the backdrop, lead singer Lauren Mayberry skipped and danced around stage to the crowd’s delight. Iain Cook and Martin Doherty were on synths backing the whole indie pop dance party.
Fresh off their performance at Coachella as well as playing here the previous night, Chvrches didn’t seem winded at all, and neither did the crowd as they sang along and fist-pumped to each hit Chvrches heaved. From “Keep You On My Side,” “Leave a Trace,” “Gun,” to “We Sink,” Oakland danced itself into a hot mess.
Chvrches came on for an encore and performed “The Mother We Share” which had the whole crowd singing to the top of their lungs. Thanks to Chvrches, the crowd left in a state of glee and sweat.
Photos and words by Jason Demetillo