By: Nevra Azerkan
I posted the video for Six60’s song, “Forever” awhile back and ever since listening to them I’ve been hooked. I didn’t think I’d get to catch them live for quite some time seeing as how they are from New Zealand. Luckily higher powers intervened and they announced their first North American tour.
I had met a girl from New Zealand while backpacking and she was 1. Surprised I knew who they were and 2. Couldn’t stop telling me how awesome they are live. So naturally, I was excited for this gig. Now the venue I had been to before. One of those, you have to be in the know, type of deals. It’s alright, I definitely hope for a better choice the second time around. The opening act was Tempest. Never heard of her and I caught maybe the last two songs of her set, so I won’t even attempt to say what I thought of it. From what I could tell though, the crowd seemed to like what they heard. It was completely obvious though that most of them were there for Six60. Being that it was kind of hard not to tell with all the cardboard box signs dedicated to them (very creative people in attendance) and every 5 seconds hearing someone (female AND male) professing their love for the band and/or a specific member of the band. I tried to tally who was getting the most love, but I gave up in the end.
With not much of a wait in between sets, Six60 finally took the stage. It was abundantly clear that they were not suffering from any jetlag whatsoever. There are bands that hype up the fans and there are bands that HYPE up the fans.
These guys know what they’re doing. They wanted everyone to have a good time and enjoy the music and it didn’t take long for that to happen. Halfway through the show a few girls hopped up on stage with their makeshift signs and pranced around with the guys. They were shortly ushered off by security, but the point is people were feeling Six60. When the lead singer wanted the crowd to get rowdier, what did he do? He jumped off stage and went into the crowd to sing, of course! Their crazy stage antics didn’t stop there, they were constantly entertaining the audience any moment they could. All the while still playing some of the coolest tracks I’ve heard in a long time. It was like showing up at a friend’s house that happened to have his cousin’s best friend’s older brother’s band playing, except these guys are good—exceptionally good. You can call them rock or indie or say they’re influenced by dubstep and reggae, it doesn’t really matter. The music speaks for itself. I expect the word to get out about these guys in the states and when that happens I’m sure I’ll get to see them play at The Roxy, Viper Room or even The Troubadour; in other words, at a more fitting venue for that caliber of a band.
Some of the tracks they performed were “Run For It” (a personal favorite of mine), “Rise Up 2.0”, “Money” and “Don’t Forget Your Roots”. They concluded their set with their hit, “Forever” which had everyone singing along. Their set ran approximately an hour long, but I can tell you that time went by so fast I couldn’t believe it was already over. Neither could the rest of the crowd as they kept chanting “Encore” and patiently waited a few minutes longer until it became clear that Six60 had done what they came to do and that was to rock the hell out of L.A. Mission accomplished, guys.