Concert Review: Wampire

Beauty Bar, Feb. 16

For weeks, my anticipation had been building for Los Angeles duo Foxygen’s gig at Beauty Bar. But just my luck, their vocalist got sick and the band was no longer performing. As the disappointment sank in, Portland, Oregon’s Wampire began their first gig in Vegas.

The indie-pop/rock duo of Rocky Tinder and Eric Phipps, accompanied onstage by a keyboardist, bassist and drummer, played songs from their forthcoming debut LP, Curiosity. Blending ambient, synth-pop and rock, they had me wondering what sounds I’d be hearing next. The highlight of their set was their cover of David Bowie’s 1977 single “Sound and Vision.”

As their laidback performance continued, more and more people began filling the outdoor stage area. By their sixth and final song, it was a packed house. Wampire’s finale, “The Hearse,” changed the mood and energy of the night. The morbid-yet-playful and infectious song had the once-stiff crowd smiling and dancing under the night sky. They concluded with a few new fans—myself included. ★★★☆☆