On a rainy Wednesday night in Vancouver, Never Radio had the privilege of rocking with up and coming Hip-hop grunge duo THEY. and to say we were impressed would be a significant understatement.
This was NeverRadio's first time at Alexander Gastown - the intimacy of the venue was immediately apparent. It's a small staged, multi-level club that pleasurably contrasts the concert halls that we have become used to recently. No chance Dante and Drew's energy was fitting on that stage as they ended up in the crowd on more than one occasion (more on that later).
We sat down with Drew and Dante in the make-shift green room which is oddly located somewhat in the coat-check area. We filmed our 60 second interview segment and the guys knocked that out the park like champs before we relaxed and chatted about a range of topics from opening for Bryson Tiller to their music videos for “U-Rite” and the recently released “What You Want”. We got some insider information, “Back It Up” just might be the next video and it looks like the boys next trip to Vancouver will be for Pemberton this summer.
For THEY.’s first headlining tour, dubbed the ‘Nu Religion’ tour, the boys are running a contest for local artists to open each stop of the tour. Vancouver’s winner was the beautiful Lia Liza who dazzled with her voice and in particular her covers of PARTYNEXTDOOR’s “Come and See Me” and Weeknd’s “Reminder”.
THEY. took the stage wearing black religious inspired gowns to their track “Africa” before ditching the costumes and leaping around the stage and into the audience delivering hits such as “Dante’s Creek”, “What You Want”, and “Back It Up”. The latter involved Drew shirtless doing an impression of Channing Tatum in Magic Mike for the benefit of the ladies in attendance. Particularly impressive though, were the two trips into the crowd to deliver their songs amongst the fans and involving them in dance-offs, selfies and posse posturing. On display as well was the impressive vocal range that Drew possesses with his ability to sing Jodeci style R&B all the way to his aggressive rap bars. Dante’s production is incredible with his diversity from the more grunge-inspired production of “What You Want” to the raging hip-hop anthem “U-Rite” which blew the roof off of Alexander Bar as the finale.
Vancouverites witnessed a rare treat to be able to experience a soon to be chart topping hip-hop group in such an intimate raw environment. The guys are exuberant, unjaded, energetic and enthusiastic about sharing their music and winning fans across the continent so if you can, check out their show on this tour as a year from now they could easily be graduated to your local arena instead.