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Peter Bjorn and John at The Belly Up Tavern

Swedish trio keep it brief in Solana Beach

Peter Bjorn and John

Peter Bjorn and John

Courtesy Melissa Gibbons
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The line of fans stretched down the block as the doors opened to the sold out Peter Bjorn and John show at the Belly Up Tavern on Friday September 30. The widespread popularity that the band gained several years ago from the success of their single “Young Folks” brought out a crowd that was more diverse in age than most standard indie rock shows. 

Local favorites Lights On opened the show with a set of songs that got the energy of the crowd way up. The four-piece led by Tim Hines played a genre of indie rock that is heavily influenced by the vintage sound of the 60s, but their strong songwriting ability kept their sound modern and fresh. Hines is an engaging front man, and both bassist Robert Netcoh and lead guitarist Mike Kamoo played with an energetic abandon that was infectious. Lights On recently released their debut record, Here Comes the Ocean

Swedish headliners Peter Bjorn and John took the stage a short while later to the roar of the packed Solana Beach crowd. They quickly ran through a set that pulled heavily from their new full-length, Gimme Some, which was released earlier this year, and their 2006 album, Writer’s Block. The set was poppy and fun, and many in the crowd were dancing and singing along to the more well-known songs. Peter Morén, lead vocalist and guitarist, was the only band member to address the crowd, and it seemed that he attempted some witty banter but he was fairly unintelligible.

Peter Bjorn and John played a relatively short set of about ten songs that left some in the crowd disappointed. It seemed like an odd time to end the set, as the energy level was just reaching its’ peak. It’s a testament to the popularity and likeability of the band, as the crowd obviously didn’t want the performance to come to an end.  

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