King Princess at the House of Vans [REVIEW]
By Sofia Wheelock – Photos by: Scott Teresi
The House of Vans is a fantastic venue and it was such a pleasure and a privilege to be able to see Zoe Wees and King Princess perform there. Both artists were in town for their performances at Lollapalooza and I am so thankful that they took time out of their busy schedules to perform here. When you see an artist play in a smaller-scale setting than the stages at Lollapalooza, for example, you are able to connect with them on a deeper level; it’s as if they are playing for you and you alone.
The first artist to perform was Zoe Wees, who I was not extremely familiar with before the show. I had maybe heard one or two of her songs but after seeing her live, I can say with full confidence that I am a fan now.
Wees is a German pop singer-songwriter whose debut single “Control” charted in several countries. At just twenty years old, she has made quite the name for herself and has accomplished so much. Her music has been described by many as “raw” and “deeply emotional” and has been praised for her incredible range and talent. When performing, she will typically be seen at the mic, though she also plays the guitar and the piano. Wees has been writing music in English since childhood and has said that she listened to a great deal of Jessie J and Miley Cyrus.
Her performance, though a bit smaller than the crowds of festivals like Lollapalooza, was still electrifying and impressive. Her voice is insanely raw and real. I could have listened to her sing and play for hours. Everyone seemed to love her music and her stage presence and much and I did and still do.
After Wees was done, King Princess came out and gave us an incredibly intimate performance. She has been one of my favorite indie-pop artists for a long time now and I am so glad that I had the chance to see her live.
Mikaela Mullaney Straus, known by her stage name King Princess, is an American singer and multi-instrumentalist who mainly creates indie-pop and rock-pop music. Straus has become an incredibly popular icon among the LGBTQ+ community. She identifies as genderqueer and uses she/they/it/its pronouns. Her debut single “1950” was released in 2018 and has since been a commercial success and has charted in several countries.
Their performance at the House of Vans was one-of-a-kind and an incredibly deep experience for everyone who was there. She really connected with the audience while having fun being able to engage with attendees on a more personal level. Their music evokes ideas of emotional complication and the complexity of love while immersing you in a feeling of nostalgia.
Whenever she shows up on one of my Spotify playlists, I always seem to smile and take a deep breath. The bedroom pop feel of it combined with the sort of lo-fi 80s synth sound creates an atmosphere in your mind. Her music makes you think but also puts you at ease at the same time. Listening to it is truly a unique experience and I am so glad that I got the chance to see her live.
King Princess released a new album on July 29th (the day that I attended her concert) titled “Hold On Baby”. If you haven’t already, give it a listen below. Whether you’re a maniac for indie-pop or are just looking for some new music, I would recommend checking it out. They are a truly gifted artist and I can’t wait to see what they do next.
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