In concert: Owl City at Constitution Hall
By Dave McKenna
Owl City has a charming backstory. From the basement of his parents home, founder and frontman Adam Young began posting his keyboard noodlings on the Internet. The music found an audience so huge that record industry folks tracked Young down and snatched him out of a small Minnesota town and put him on the road.
The youngest portions of Young's following, drawn primarily by the indubitably tuneful and dumb pop single, "Fireflies," showed up at Constitution Hall on Thursday to bounce along with and shriek over his troupe's mid-tempo electronica.
(A mass exodus after the hit, plus more pictures after the jump.)
This wasn't an easy show to watch. Young, 23, only played his first concert last year, and still has the stage presence of somebody recently snatched out of his parents' basement. He blew an attempted joke about President Obama, for example, and during "Dental Care," a tune from his recent record "Ocean Eyes," he stumbled around as if drunk on nothing but the randomness of his stardom. (He later threw a used toothbrush into the audience.) Young's inelegance was accentuated by the presence of guitarist/keyboardist Matt Thiessen, a stage vet from pop-rockers Relient K.
But occasionally, as during "This Is the Future," Young would put his head down, shut out all the fledglings in his midst, and get lost in the melodies he'd crafted alone at home. At the show's one-hour mark, he got to "Fireflies." Young yelled, "Let me hear your political voices!" Though only the chaperones in the audience were of legal voting age, the room filled with its lyrics.
The charm of Owl City's backstory notwithstanding, it would take more than a million monkeys at the keyboard to come up with a word set more inane than this one. Yet the kids loved it. Young still had a few more tunes on his set list, but after "Fireflies," parents and au pairs all over gathered their flocks and headed for the streets.
April 23, 2010; 1:30 PM ET
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