Beloved Echo Park band NO has been busy playing elsewhere, so fans were more than happy to welcome them back to their home turf last Saturday at the Troubadour, prompting crowd members to roar as they took the stage. Lead singer Bradley Hanan Carter was as charismatic as ever and humbly thanked everyone who came to the show. And believe it or not, they did their first encore ever. “We don’t do encores, but for you, Los Angeles,” Carter said as they started playing “There’s A Glow”. NO has steadily become one of the most consistently good acts of Los Angeles and we’re sure this isn’t going to be the only time they’d feel compelled to do an encore. With a packed Troubadour and extremely hungry fans yearning for more, their set was over much too early.
The show was opened by two Canadian acts, The Darcy’s and Reuben And The Dark. Reuben And The Dark started the night with their guitar-driven music and catchy drum beats. There were big yellow lightbulbs hanging on every mic stand, which gave a very intimate feel to their set. They made sure to take note of the great LA weather, of course. The Darcy’s followed and excited the crwod with their odd beats and bewitching sounds from a keyboard and mixer. Not only did they keep the crowd up on their feet, but they also raised the energy level for the night. Their lead singer Jason Couse also talked about our wonderful weather saying, “Don’t ever take your weather for granted. We just left a polar vortex!” Oh, these lovely Canadians.