Finishing their fall tour in Southern California, the indie band Desaparecidos headlined the sold out show in Glasshouse in Pomona and the Henry Fonda theater in Hollywood.
The band is fronted by indie musician Conor Oberst from the band Bright Eyes and supported by Landon Hedges on bass guitar, Matt Baum on drums, Denver Dalley on guitar and Ian McElroy on the keyboards.
Their music is heavily laced with social and political themes which transcend the catchy guitar riffs.
Many fans figured that they would never have the opportunity to see a live performance because they were on hiatus for eight years, but they’re in luck.
They have only released one full length album Read Music, Speak Spanish which is over 11-years-old but their fan base is cult like.
According to Oberst, Desaparecidos originally reunited to raise money for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in a benefit gig at Omaha’s Concert for Equality in July 2010.
He attributes the fundraiser to helping get the gang back together and demonstrating that there was a need for socially conscious music.
Adoring fans lined up around noon in front of the venue in hopes of getting a coveted spot on the barrier between the stage and the rest of the audience.
For many it was the first time experiencing Desaparecidos live, the excitement was in the air.
The Torrence based band, Joyce Manor opened the show with their angst driven pop-punk sounds.
Within in the first two minutes of their set the crowd began to jump and scream along. Soon, there were crowd surfers and waves of people being tossed back and forth to the music.
By the time that Desaparecidos entered the stage the first few rows of people were drenched in sweat and elated to see the men of the hour. The crowd surfing from Joyce Manor’s set carried over and doubled.
A large group of men who may or may not have been associated formed a mosh pit which engulfed the front part of the stage.
The set had high energy. Musically Desaparecidos was tight knit between each song Oberst chimed in with wonderful sociopolitical commentary.
He encouraged the audience to not be apathetic and to fight for what they thought was right.
Finishing the set with an encore, which included a cover of “Spanish Bombs” by the Clash.
Joyce Manor opened and changed up their set from the previous night adding a new song to the set. The crowd was much more mellow than the previous night and many came in fashionable late.
Oberst joined Joyce Manor on stage and sang a portion of their song “Constant Headache,” adding to the mounting anticipation from the audience.
When the curtains rose for Desaparecidos the crowd stood in awe a glance down the front row and all you could see were teeth filled grins. The music hit hard and fast, there were beautiful moments when the singing from the audience overpowered the vocals on the speakers.
Everyone was mesmerized by the music and empowered by the earnest lyrics.