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Gigawatt - Frankie Cosmos

Sep 27, 2018

Fine Line Music Cafe was full of bobbing heads, swaying bodies, and slightly-bent-and-then-unbent knees this Wednesday night at Radio K’s Gigawatt. As night two of a double header celebration of Radio K’s 25th birthday (woohoo!) Stef Chura, Lomelda, and Frankie Cosmos took the stage to ring in the station’s next quarter-century.

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Detroit native Stef Chura was basking in the purple haze of stage lights and fog as she kicked off the night. Accompanied by two bandmates playing bass and drums, her soft crooning voice easily captivated and quieted the talkative crowd. Her vocals slipped in and out of a higher falsetto, creating somewhat of a trademark sound heard in a lot of the songs she played - many of which can be found on her newest album: Messes (produced by Carseat Headrest’s Will Toledo).

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Once Lomelda got ahold of the mic, the place had started to fill out a bit more. Singer/songwriter Hannah Read brought with her lyrics of distance, relationships, and growing up. Her solo voice felt delicate, yet at the same time filled the room. All three acts that played seemed unafraid of acknowledging their insecurities, and Read openly faced hers with a smile when she confessed, “A while ago someone told me this next song sounded like a Frankie Cosmos song. And then I never ever played it again,”. She then proceeded to sing a track that was, in fact, fairly reminiscent of the headlining act. She gracefully closed with one of her most popular songs, Interstate Vision, before giving up the stage.

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Frankie Cosmos wasted no time jumping into their newest release, Vessel, and immediately started things up with the album’s intro track entitled Caramelize. Seemingly effortless harmonies escaped the mouths of lead singer Greta Kline and keyboardist Lauren Martin. A personal favorite of mine, Being Alive, brought the sudden surge of energy I’d hoped it would. None of their tracks drag out longer than two or three minutes, yet they were motivated and cut straight to the heart. Kline’s shy and sweet persona is easily conveyed through her songwriting, but even more highlighted live as she interjects comments in between songs. For example- when she repeatedly apologized to the crowd for flipping off a friend at her merch table in the back of the venue and then quickly returned to playing tunes with a bashful laugh. The guitars strummed on, the people kept dancin’ around, and before we knew it the night was coming to a close. Another year, another successful Gigawatt!

Alexa Koch

Photos by Thor Cramer-Bonesmann