Twin XL, The Mowgli’s, & Jukebox the Ghost @ El Club in Detroit, MI
Review & photography by Rebekah Witt
On March 21st 2019, Jukebox the Ghost & The Mowgli’s ‘Making Friends’ co-headlining tour hit El Club in Detroit, MI. Although the first day of spring was the day before, it was a chilly night. That didn’t stop the fans from forming a long line outside the venue and down the streets of Mexicantown, anxiously waiting to be let in. The show started a bit late, but the crowd was still buzzing in excitement. The venue was nearly, if not completely, sold out and it showed with how packed in everyone was.
Opening the show was Los Angeles based trio Twin XL, who joined the tour earlier that week. This is their first tour as a band, following a couple one-off shows, including a performance at 8123 Fest. The members each have their own experience in previous bands, Cameron Walker (lead singer) in Nekocat, and brothers John (guitarist) and Stephen Gomez (bassist) in The Summer Set. Right before they walked on stage, a robotic voice played over the speakers. “The show will begin momentarily.” “Find a friend. If you do not have a friend, one will be assigned to you.” “You are having fun.” As the voice finished speaking, they walked out on stage and jumped into a performance of ‘Sunglasses,’ the opening track on their EP. Their set list was made up of the entirety of their debut EP How to Talk to Strangers, released at the beginning of this month. The crowd, though seemingly unfamiliar with the band, bounced along with the band and interacted with the members. Highlights of their set were songs ‘Good,’ ‘Friends,’ and ‘Thrill.’ Twin XL have a great summer sound that makes you want to drive around town with your windows down. I haven’t stopped listening to them since this show, and I highly recommend checking them out if you’re into fun indie pop music. They’ll make you feel good.
The Mowgli’s played next, much to the excitement of the crowd. The 6-piece alternative rock band played new songs off their latest EP American Feelings, including ‘Hard to Love,’ and ‘Talk About It.’ After their performance of ‘Alone Sometimes,’ they jumped into a cover of Jimmy Eat World’s ‘The Middle.’ Fan favorites of the night included songs ‘Whatever Forever,’ ‘Spacin Out,’ and ‘San Francisco.’ Shortly after their set, DC based trio Jukebox the Ghost walked on stage. Immediately, fans throughout the crowd were dancing, singing, and having fun with their friends. The energy all around the room was high and exciting, and no one stopped for a moment. Songs on their set list included ‘Stay The Night,’ ‘It’s No Secret,’ and ‘Everybody’s Lonely.’ As a final goodbye, The Mowgli’s joined Jukebox the Ghost on stage for a cover of Queen’s ‘We Are The Champions.’ The show didn’t end until after midnight due to the late start, but nobody slowed down.
The ‘Making Friends’ Tour will be over in just a few days, but you can keep updated with each of the bands via the links below.