LA native Jane Holiday opened nine shows for Tender, closing out their US tour at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA, before Tender continues on to Mexico City. This tour is promoting new album from Tender titled Fear of Falling Asleep, which was released in January 2019. The general admission show was packed and vibrant with a young hollywood, hipster crowd. Jane Holiday had a high energy set playing his singles including the funky “Something to Believe In” and the ironically danceable “We Don’t Wanna Dance.” He played the guitar and sang to his local fans and happily acknowledged Tender and memorialized their tour. He had a great stage presence and a big, friendly personality.
Tender, a British duo of singing, guitar and synth/keyboard multi-instrumentalists James Cullen and Dan Cobb, and their a supporting band, had a very warm reception from the fans. They all wore white, probably because they anticipated a warmed up crowd, but the outfits seemed to enhance the lightshow. They pumped electropop with strong beat-driven grooves and dynamic distortion that sounded full and robust in the venue. The band seemed to play well off of each others energy and the drummer seemed particularly expressive.
The show overall was a nice complement of musical styles; funk-rock of Jane Holiday and electropop of Tender. I found that the bands were particularly well suited for the venue, a historic landmark known for hosting young talent and rising stars with warm acoustics and a bar where you can usually meet the bands afterward.