The Glass House in Pomona showcased Loving on Aug 23. They are a Canadian alternative lo-fi trio that has grown in popularity since their song “Visions” went viral on TikTok a few months ago.
Loving is made up of brothers Lucas Henderson and Jesse Henderson, with longtime friend David Perry on drums.
Sam Burton opened the show with the accompaniment of Haylie Hostetter, both emerging folk artists. With Burton playing guitar and singing, and Hostetter providing beautiful harmonies, there was an undeniable chemistry that resounded through the music.
The sleepy voice of Burton and the wistful voice of Hostetter sounded like a mix between the vocals of bands like Fairport Convention and the melodies of the likes of Devendra Banhart or John Denver.
The catchy chorus to Burton’s first song, “Nothing Touches Me,” stuck like honey on bark. And although some immediately think of Radiohead with that title, this was nothing like Radiohead – neither electric or pungent, just soothing.
It was a sweet somber ode to being a little lost and unfeeling in a mundane place. The mellow drum beat in the background kept the song at a constant pace and made one want to sway back and forth. It was surprising to see the audience just stand there stiller than the statues on Easter Island, because it was truly a beautiful song one could slow dance to.
Hostetter’s soft voice grew in powerful resilience when she took on lead vocals for a cover of “Didn’t Want to Have to Do It” by The Lovin’ Spoonful. Her cover was beautiful and her voice reverberated throughout my rib cage, goosebumps and chills were an understatement.
What appeared to be a soft-spoken woman with vintage clothes had transformed into the opposite. There was audible awe among the audience when she hit the first note and after the first minute there was cheering and applause.
The duo left the stage after making a huge impression on the audience.
Loving came up and with huge excitement from the crowd, they were welcomed on.
With a prominent sound of slide guitar and keyboard they managed to combine genres like folk and pop.
Songs such as “Only She Knows” and “Nihilist Kite Flyer” were stand-outs for Loving. The beautiful guitar riff that introduced the song “Only She Knows” made the guitar sound like it was attempting to tell a story somewhere between cries of sadness and pleas for solace. With the slide guitar going up and down the guitar neck it was no wonder it sounded like a whine but the tremolo added to the narrative.
“Nihilist Kite Flyer,” despite its alluring melody, was far more about the lyrics and the question for meaning that everyone asks oneself once in a while.
“Am I living my life, as if I’m flying a kite. Without a string, without any meaning,” the lyrics said.
The audience felt the connection to the pursuit of purpose this song portrayed.
Liliana Castañeda can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.