Portland’s Typhoon played the final show of their tour supporting Gomez at Fox Theatre in Oakland – laying it all out on the table and holding nothing back. Their most recent album, “Offerings”, was released January 12th of this year and immediately kicked off a 6-month journey across the U.S.
It felt as though the stars aligned during their performance and the fact that it was hosted at the historic Fox Theatre made the night all the more special. The crowd picked up on the band’s energy and gave it right back to them – for the next 50+ minutes that energy kept the whole building suspended in our own little world.
There’s nothing quite like seeing the band that you’ve been listening to on repeat for the last two months perform those songs live. Typhoon is electrifying and dark but rewards you with bright moments throughout their music. It’s euphoric, that feeling, and something everyone should experience.
One of my favorite aspects of Typhoon’s live performance was the use of their two drummers. Typhoon’s music is very sophistically percussive – with the use of electronic textures and distorted/reverberated drums – allowing the band to recreate their record live and making for a much more energized performance as a whole.
“Offerings”, Typhoon’s fourth record, is an emotional and dramatic narrative from the first-person perspective. It revolves around the theme of losing your identity and all that comes with the feeling of being lost and empty. Make sure you give this one a spin – it’s definitely one of my favorite albums of the last five years.
Austin Newkirk is a San Francisco Bay Area photographer. You’ll likely find him in one of three places - out at the beach with his dog, Ky, at a brewery sipping on a stout, or out shooting your next favorite band.