Concert Review: BLEND goes to Night Cap
By Blair Fielder
As a crowd of University of Texas fans adorned in burnt orange fill the room at Stubb’s B-B-Q, it is evident that Night Cap, a local Austin band on the rise, has already found their audience. From selling out Stubb’s to having roughly 30,000 monthly listeners on Spotify, Night Cap is “the band of the moment,” according to an audience member filming the set for her Instagram story, and she is definitely right.
Night Cap’s easy-going and soulful stage presence drew the crowd in and inspired fans to want to sing-along, even if they didn’t know the words yet. Their indie rock sound has both catchy choruses and relatable lyrics like their most-played song, “Everest”, that had all of Stubb’s belting, “don’t want to be alone” with a smile on their face, almost like a form of musical therapy. With strong influences from Kings of Leon, Young the Giant, the Strokes, and the Killers, Night Cap’s music feels familiar-yet-fresh, even when covering other songs like “When You Were Young”, “Electric Feel”, and “Semi-Charmed Life” that were all played during Saturday’s set. The dimly lit stage set the tone for emotion-filled tracks like “Mind’s Gone” and “Heat”, as well as Ryan King’s song intros that asked the audience to get into their feelings.
Not only did Night Cap’s music convert new fans, but also the band members won over the room with their approachable, yet cooler-than-average-recent-grad-laid-back style. King, the lead singer, playfully joked with the crowd throughout the set from celebratory cheers to an impromptu cover of “"Lose Yourself” by Eminem, that he made sure to acknowledge as “cringe” in case anyone thought he was serious. Later in the night, Alex Alfonso, the bassist better known as ‘Fonzi’, and lead singer and guitarist Jake Bomgaars took turns telling jokes as the crowd chanted for an encore. Their chemistry made me want to get to know more about the members of Night Cap, and by the amount of people walking up the stage to give them drinks throughout the night, I don’t think I’m alone in that sentiment.
To check out the band for yourself, Night Cap’s music is available on Soundcloud, Spotify, and iTunes. Their most recent EP, “Petals”, came out over the summer and Night Cap is working on a new single coming soon. For information on upcoming shows, music, and more, follow Night Cap on Instagram, @nightcapatx. I have a feeling you’ll be seeing a lot more about these guys around Austin, such intimate shows like these are a gem to come by.