With a new album, …And Star Power, on the way, Foxygen brought a new lineup to the Observatory in Santa Ana, California on August 15. Throughout the rowdy show, three female backing singers with loosely choreographed dance moves and Motown-inspired harmonies carried the songs when frontman Sam France couldn’t. Which was often, as he was often busy spazzing out, jumping into the audience, and aping Mick Jagger and Iggy Pop with the hyperactivity of a chihuahua on PCP.
The remarkably young audience ate up every antic. At one point, Jonathan Rado offered the crowd an onion, which they fought for like women trying to catch a bouquet at a wedding. The amped-up live version of Foxygen barely resembled the more chilled-out LP versions of their songs, but that wasn’t a bad thing. Opener Gary Wilson, who spent much of his set on the ground making out with mannequins before smashing a keyboard to bits, was the ribbon on an evening that never quite decided whether it was the best or the worst. The teenagers sure seemed to the think the former, though.