Wednesday night began as a tumultuous one for our favorite Californians: after their van broke down en route to the venue, Pacific Air had to wait around for quite sometime before finally arriving thirty minutes before showtime. In any event, the band formerly known as KO KO turned their luck around, putting on an absolutely killer set, winning over hundreds of Walk The Moon fans, as they’ll only continue to do throughout the rest of the nearly-sold out tour.
Before the Walk The Moon fangirls assumed their roles, Pacific Air made their Rochester debut, showing off their signature California dream pop, which – if it wasn’t for the 9°F Rochester weather – would cause one to assume the five-piece have never seen winter. The recently dubbed Ones To Watch 2013 played tracks from their EP Long Live KOKO, along with newer tracks that should appear on their upcoming debut full-length, due for release via Universal Republic later this year.
“Roses” had singer/keyboardist Taylor Lawhon playing the tropical woodwind line, while his brother, vocalist/guitarist Ryan, sang lead. “So Strange” showcased Ryan’s vast vocal range with his gorgeous falsetto, as “Intermission” showed off a slower, more atmospheric side of the band. And then there’s closer, “Float” - whose music video will be dropping next week(!!) – the band’s biggest track to date, which translated really well live between the greatest addictive whistle hook since the start of Andrew Bird, Ryan’s glossy near-flawless vocals, and the adorable lyric if we both get old, will you let me float away?.
Pacific Air‘s sugary gems proved to be absolutely stellar both on record and in a live setting – only getting me more excited for their upcoming full-length, and solidifying themselves as top contenders among some of 2013′s emerging acts.