Washed Out, Memoryhouse - The Observatory - 5/6/12
Washed Out and Memoryhouse
May 6, 2012
A Sunday following a major drinking holiday isn't the best time to put on a show. The day is meant to be spent recovering, nursing whatever remnants of a hangover are left from the night before.
Apparently, someone forgot to mention this to the full house at The Observatory last night, as the main room was packed with hipsters and geeks swaying to the synthpop chillwave stylings of Georgia native Ernest Greene, better known as Washed Out, who was playing his first ever OC show.
Opening act and Sub Pop label-mate Memoryhouse began performing at 8:45 to an already full dance floor. Their brand of dream pop started off slow and uneasy. Lead singer Denise Nouvion's Deschanel-esque vocals were strained during the first half of their set; as Memoryhouse hit their crescendo, though, she was obviously much more comfortable.
After a lull of twenty minutes, Greene and his band finally took the stage.
They began playing immediately, starting with "Echoes," track two off their first album, Within and Without. Unfortunately, they ran into technical issues immediately, as Greene's keyboard wasn't working at all.
After another break during which the crowd looked around awkwardly, many of them reaching for their phones, Washed Out took the stage again. Greene, iPad in hand, launched into a song off their first EP, Get Up.