Good Morning sings into the night at The Glass House

Stefan Blair, vocalist and guitarist for Good Morning, takes the stage April 1 at the Glass House in Pomona. The Melbourne-based singer hung a koala, one of Australia’s representative animals, on his mic stand to bring a part of home to the Pomona stop of the duo’s North American tour. / photo by Natalie Medrano
Stefan Blair, vocalist and guitarist for Good Morning, takes the stage April 1 at the Glass House in Pomona. The Melbourne-based singer hung a koala, one of Australia’s representative animals, on his mic stand to bring a part of home to the Pomona stop of the duo’s North American tour. / photo by Natalie Medrano

Hien Nguyen
Arts Editor

A crowd of about 150 people gathered in downtown Pomona at the go-to live music venue The Glass House for a night of melodious music by Australian band Good Morning and their two supporting acts, Los Angeles band Massage and Toronto-based PACKS, on April 1. 

Excited chatter filled downtown Pomona’s already-bustling atmosphere as fans lined up outside the venue waiting to be let in.

“I heard about the event through the app ‘Go Disco’ which curates music events around the area,” said Brentwood resident Emmie Fitz-Gibbon. 

Long-time Good Morning listener Amelie Missig drove all the way from Sherman Oaks to be at the show.

“We listened to them (Good Morning) a lot when we were in ninth grade,” said Missig. “This is the first concert I’ve attended since the beginning of the pandemic and I’m really excited to see what the night has in store.”

Doors opened at 7 p.m. with a check of COVID vaccination and accompanying ID, and the first band took the stage at 8 p.m.

The head-nodding and foot-tapping began as soon as Massage hit the stage and strummed the first guitar chord to their 2021 release “Half a Feeling.” 

With soft vocals harmonizing to jangle pop tunes, the quintet eased the audience of music lovers into a night of indie excellence.

After every song, the audience’s loud claps and cheers echoed throughout the venue.

Massage guitarist and vocalist Alex Naidus emphasized how the band got a lot of energy from the enthusiastic crowd and their reactions.

“The audience was incredibly positive,” said Naidus. “It was just good vibes emanating.”

Naidus also talked about the amazing music facility that The Glass House offers.

“A lot of places we’ve played in the past aren’t as professional as this venue so when we strummed the guitars and the sound was coming in loud and clear, it was awesome,” Naidus said.

PACKS took the stage next and kept the audience entertained with their indie-rock filled setlist featuring songs from their 2021 studio album “Take the Cake.”

Cool-toned ambient lighting and smooth bass riffs transported the audience to the nostalgic era of early 2000s garage rock.

The airy yet soulful vocals of the Canadian band’s lead vocalist Madeline Link paired perfectly with her bandmates’ heavy guitar strumming and rhythmic drumming. 

Although the concert was general admission, people still kept respectful distance from each other so everyone had their own space to enjoy and sway to the music.

A balcony area is also available for those who want to enjoy a more comfortable view away from the crowd. 

Merch such as shirts and vinyl records from all three of the bands was available at a booth on the balcony.

As the last performer of the night, Good Morning made a humorous entrance to 50 Cent’s “Candy Shop” as their background music.

The duo, consisting of Stefan Blair and Liam Parsons, along with three supporting band members, brought a piece of Australia to Pomona by performing beachy guitar riffs and catchy choruses throughout their 90-minute set.

In particular, their most popular release “Warned You,” which has garnered almost 70 million streams on Spotify, had the crowd passionately singing along to the words. 

Besides entertaining the crowd with strong vocal performances and easy-listening instrumentals, Blair and Parsons weaved in witty remarks and interacted with everyone in between songs. 

With each performance, the duo told an anecdotal story or exchanged words with the fans before beginning the number.

“They made an effort to reciprocate to the crowd which is really cool,” said Ontario resident Brandon Ramirez. “Not a lot of bands usually do that.”

Ramirez had heard of Good Morning prior to the show but walked away at the end of the night buying his first piece of merchandise to support the band– a vinyl record of their 2014 album “Shawcross.”

The Pomona stop marks the Melbourne-based duo’s second destination in their North American tour, which started on March 31 in San Diego and will continue throughout the United States and Canada until May 7 when they return to Los Angeles for the final show at The Belasco.

Hien Nguyen can be reached at hien.nguyen2@laverne.edu.

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Hien Nguyen, a senior journalism major and psychology minor, is arts editor for the Campus Times. She has previously been a staff writer.

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Natalie Medrano, a junior photography major, is the Fall 2022 photography editor for the Campus Times and a staff photographer for La Verne Magazine.

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