Even if I’m only there for the headliner, I still like to catch the opener. I’ve discovered many a new favorite artist and also believe I get a significantly better feel for a concert when I get to take in all the acts. I was already annoyed with my circumstances when I arrived later than usual to Tennis’ show at U Street Music Hall last month and was even more upset when I only got to catch the last few songs of an extremely promising sounding opening band. This act was Kuroma who fortunately found their way back to DC a few weeks later, this time opening for Tame Impala Saturday, June 6th at Echostage.
I was struck at how well the band filled the cavernous Echostage space after only previously seeing them in the intimate basement confines of USMH. Midtempo numbers like the synthy strut of “Running People” as well as upbeat cuts like riffy thump of “Simon In The Jungle”, roped in early arriving Tame Impala superfans. Any Breeders superfans in the audience were also awarded with a top shelf cover of “Divine Hammer”. The breezy chug of newest single “Love Is On The Way” stole the set and the psych-pop glimmer of “Thee Only Childe” perfectly tied a bow on their show.
On stage Kuroma was confident and engaging, employing laid-back two-part harmonies to great effect. They made blissed out folk rock sound weighty and thrashing distortion go down smooth.
Having seen two, well one and half, Kuroma sets, I’m hoping for a headline tour where the band could really flex their catalog with a longer setlist.