Smallpools: Philadelphia, PA 2018

Half The Animal, Great Good Fine Ok, and Smallpools @ The Foundry in Philadelphia, PA

Review & Photography by: Emma Silverstone

Smallpools brought an energetic show to The Foundry at The Fillmore in Philadelphia on June 6th. This was my first time seeing the band- I’ve been listening to their music since their debut album came out in 2015, but I never got the chance to see them in concert.

The first band to come onstage was Half the Animal. The lead singer started the set by going straight up to the barricade and serenading a few of the people at the front of the crowd. They were extremely appreciative that people came to the show early. Towards the end of the set, they did a sing-along with the audience and everyone happily participated. At one point they covered “Redbone” by Childish Gambino and “Chocolate” by The 1975. Their music is upbeat and incredibly catchy. They played their latest single, “Too Late,” which had a great response from the crowd.

Next to play to the audience was Great Good Fine Ok. I knew it was going to be a fun set the second they came out, because the lead singer threw glow sticks into the audience before the first song began. Later in the set, the keyboardist reached into his fanny pack (which had the band’s logo on it) and threw light-up rings into the crowd. Their songs are super fun and full of great synth beats. They ended their set with one of their most popular songs, “Take It or Leave It.” I hope they come back to Philly in the future because they were super fun to see.

The audience was incredibly happy to see the guys from Smallpools walk onstage. They had high energy for the entire show, and were enthusiastically singing along to every song. The set had a combination of songs from their debut album as well as newer singles. Some of the songs played include “Street Fight,” “Mason Jar,” “Stumblin’ Home,” and “Million Bucks.” At one point they threw an inflatable whale into the crowd for the audience to throw around during their song “Killer Whales.” I enjoyed every minute of the show and can’t wait to hear the new songs that the band releases in the future.

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