On February 5, Brockhampton brought their high energy and frantic antics that fans have come to know and love to a sold out show at the House Of Blues. A sea of cool kids in the trendiest clothes, with “super fans” wearing blue face paint and orange jumpsuits, waited eagerly in the cold Boston winter to forget about the upcoming week just for a few hours to boogie with “America’s Favorite Boy Band.”
Brockhampton emerged onto the stage and instantly broke out into “Boogie.” The high energy of the track created an atmosphere that consisted of the “cool kids” and “not so cool kids” jumping up and down, pushing into each other and passing out as if it were a punk rock show. Brockhampton was able to fit a healthy mix of hits from the entire Saturation trilogy into their hour and a half set. The only extra element that the stage had were some chairs and a couch for the guys to take a break on while specific members would take center stage to have their moments. Before starting “Face,” the lights went completely black. When the lights came back up, Joba was the only one standing, while the rest of the group sat watching from the couch. As the song progressed, each member would stand to rap their verse.
While many would think that some of the members would be lost in the unit, every artist stood out during their performance. They all have their own unique style, from Ameer’s deep and silky smooth voice, to Joba’s unpredictably erratic and angelic falsetto, to Matt Champons’ high speed technical raps. Each member had their own moments amongst the chaos, and after the non-stop adrenaline, the show completely stopped. Merlyn, Kevin, Ameer, Joba, Matt, and Dom just stood there in complete silence. The crowd continued to cheer fervently. After minutes of cheering, members of the crowd started to shush everyone. Eventually the room was completely silent. After a long moment of standing in silence the crowd started back up again, showing a mesmerizing degree of control over their audience. By just standing there, they were able to command the crowd to cheer and quiet down. After this silence, they the kept the pace high with “Junky,” “Sweet,” “Bump,” and “Bleach.”
Once Brockhampton finished “Bleach,” the band left the stage and Bearface emerged with his guitar. In an ending that mirrors the entire Saturation trilogy, Bearface ended with guitar ballads “Summer” and “Evanie.” Each of these three albums ends with a powerful and melodramatic Bearface song, which is exactly what the atmosphere in the room was after Bearface left the stage.
However, the audience wasn’t satisfied. They wanted more of Brockhampton’s brand of raw energy. After a few moments of chanting each member’s name and songs they wanted to hear, the boys from Brockhampton reemerged, instantly going into “Hottie,” followed by “Heat.” The energy and intensity of “Heat” built up until the very end, when the entire group bent over and swayed back and forth in unison. The audience was ecstatic. They had watched and memorized this moment from Brockhampton’s music video.
The group then proceeded to play “Star” five times, building up and adding a new element each time. After the first rendition, Kevin told everyone to use their anger from a recent event to “fuel a proper mosh pit.” At first, the crowd was nervous, but by the middle of the song there was a sea of orange and blue fans pushing and shoving each other. During the fourth performance of “Star,” the group brought Roberto on for his well-known intro, “Me llamo es Roberto, y este es,” but in this case he changed the lyric to “star.” To end the show, Brockhampton brought everyone in the audience who was either wearing blue face paint or an orange jumpsuit on stage. Excitement filled the room as each person tried to push their way to join their favorite boy band on stage.
While most of the audience didn’t seem to mind hearing “Star” five times, there were some disappointed faces. With three full length albums, Brockhampton had plenty of songs in their repertoire to choose from, with many other songs the audience still wanted to hear. Despite this, many people left the show feeling satisfied. Brockhampton created an environment in which each member of the audience was able to escape their responsibilities and worries. For just one night, each and every person was able to feel like they weren’t alone, like they were part of something much bigger than themselves.