Filipino-British singer-songwriter Beabadoobee, born Beatrice Kristi Laus, brought her ‘Beatopia’ tour through Vancouver, BC, Canada on Tuesday night.
The ‘Coffee‘ hitmaker delivered a set that was equal parts touchingly personal and playfully energetic.
I went into the show having very little knowledge of young Ms. Laus’ full catalogue but I can tell you I left with a genuine appreciation for what she can do.
Its fair to say her realm of music does not lay exclusively in pop. The deeper you go, there are layers of punk and grunge that explode out into the world with intensity. In fact, the balance of grunge tones with pop lyrics and bubble gum bounce echoed a term of Grunge Pop in my brain. Not sure if that exists in the common ethos yet, but if not it really should. Especially with the prevalence of other similar bands like Wolf Alice and King Princess that occupy a similar space.
Beabadoobee is one of the many new stars that are primed for success. Hook-laden tracks with contagious beats and drift-away feels are just what this fucked up world needs right now.
To touch on the opener, Lowertown, you should take a minute and check them out. Aggressive pop sounds, I mean angsty and powerful and full of fuck-it-all energy. I guess with hip hop appropriating metal into its world, pop is gobbling up punk and grunge to its ranks. Pop is no longer lovey-dovey and solely sweet, it is edgy and angry.
I’m excited to see what the next ten years of music bring to this world.
Beabadoobee and Lowertown are shining examples of the shifting music landscape.