Jumping right into the clean slate of 2017, The Echo began the New Year with the fan favorite FOMO arrangement, showcasing a full week of musical artists performing a series of free shows in Los Angeles. Thursday night continued the momentum with headliners Cellars, accompanied by Saro, Banta and Dzang as supporting acts. The hometown group combined a mixture of 80’s synth style of pop with neon and fluorescent vibes, fusing psychedelic pitches with a seductive overtone. Fans quickly responded to the dance first mentality as lead singer Allene Norton began performing material off last year’s debut album ‘Phases.’
Shifting between electronic keys and guitars, Norton embraced the multi-instrumentalist moniker while delivering sultry vocals. Joined by a live band on stage, the contagious dance energy became impossible to overlook. Fans instantly responded to ‘Stircrazy’ as the layers of erotic emotion and colorful harmonies complimented one another. ‘Do You Miss Me?’ had a raw and authentic delivery, revealing a dedicated person propped up by honesty and endurance. ‘Nightime Girl’ resulted in one of the largest dance participations from the audience, cementing the intense energy carried throughout the night. Between songs, Norton appeared anything but shy as the intimate crowd embraced her every word.
Towards the end of the performance, Cellars paid homage to the late George Michael, performing a high-energy cover of ‘Everything She Wants’ by ‘Wham!’ The audience quickly responded to the artist nod, carrying the 80’s musical momentum of pop and analog into the present day digital realm. Musically, ‘Cellars’ manage to blend original concepts into a nostalgic imagination and in the process, they create something full of passion and excitement. With the positive responses throughout the night, they clearly have the talent and ability to transport any listener to an era that continues to flourish as time goes by.