The evening got off to a slow start on June 7 as The Devil Whale warmed up the Knitting Factory crowd. The Devil Whale attempted a cordial greeting, shouting, "We're practically neighbors," to remind the masses that they are from Salt Lake City. But the neighborly attitude didn't carry much weight after the group's lackluster set.
The second opener, Nico Vega, was a breath of fresh air, and by the midway point in the set, I had developed quite the girl crush on Aja Volkman, the band's (adorably pregnant) vocalist. Her voice was crisp, engaging and altogether powerful. Capping off Nico Vega's set was the powerful finale, "Beast," which roused the majority of the audience into movement as the band shouted, "Stand up for the people of America."
After much anticipation, Neon Trees claimed the stage and was received with explosive applause by the already amped crowd. Playing a mix of old and new, Neon Trees kept the packed house begging for more. Lead vocalist Tyler Glenn surprised many when he climbed the frame supporting the stage lights and hung over the floor in pink skinny jeans and a white tank.
After playing the hit song "Everybody Talks," it became apparent that the band's popularity has grown astronomically in Boise. Shortly before the end of its set, Neon Trees played "Animal," the single off of the group's first album, Habits. The crowd sang along so loudly it was impossible to tell who was serenading who.