For nearly eighty years, The Palladium theatre in Los Angeles has been the host to everyone from Frank Sinatra and Lawerence Welk to JFK, Stevie Wonder, and more. This past November, X Ambassadors, with support Bear Hands and Vérité, became some of the hundreds of bands to grace the stage of the storied theatre this year. The show was the final bow of the successful Orion tour in support of their second album of the same name.
Opening the show was Kelsey Byrne, an up and coming independent pop artist from Brooklyn known as Vérité. Just a month earlier, Vérité released her second studio album New Skin. The crowd reached their most enthusiastic and vocal while singing along to "Think of Me," with its iconic chorus, "I hope you fuck her with your eyes closed/and think of me." Kelsey left the stage flushed and sweating, meeting with fans at the merch booth after working the crowd up to a frenzy.
Following and keeping up the same energy that Vérité delivered was the next band, keeping with the Brooklyn based lineup was another from the borough, alt-rockers Bear Hands. They opened their set with "Back Seat Driver (Spirit Guide)" off their recent release, Fake Tunes. Their set was peppered not just with new songs, but fan favorites and band classics like "Bone Digger" and "2 AM," along with the set-closer "Giants," the band's most played on Spotify from their 2014 album, Distraction.
The crowd grew in size and volume between sets and the headliners, X Ambassadors, came out to the roar of the crowd. The set opened with the first song from Orion, "HEY CHILD," though the set wasn't strictly songs from Orion, including the single "Don't Stay" and songs from their debut album, VHS. Complete with confetti cannons, the band teased the crowd by ending with hits "Unsteady" and "Renegades" before leaving the stage and emerging a few minutes later to perform "I DON'T KNOW HOW TO PRAY" and "Jungle."