Japanese Breakfast, the creative vehicle for artist Michelle Zauner, released their most recent LP, Soft Sounds From Another Planet on Dead Oceans last year to well-deserved critical acclaim. She played those songs and more in a sold-out show at Ottobar in Baltimore on Monday.
After playing through the first two songs off Japanese Breakfast’s debut album, Psychopomp, Michelle noted that although it was the band’s first show in Baltimore, it wasn’t *her* own first show at the Ottobar. Her previous band, Little Big League, played the venue years ago.
The band played a packed set with liberal selections from both Psychopomp and the new LP. They even played a new song, “2042,” which was featured on the 2017 Polyvinyl 4-Track Singles series and which Michelle dedicated to Baltimore.
As Michelle danced in neon lighted shoes, sang, and even hung off the stage — even sitting on the side singing to the crowd, the band — comprise of former Little Big League bandmate Deven Craige (bass), Craig Hendrix (drums/vocals), and Peter Bradley (guitar/keyboards) — laid down a steady soundscape.
It was a brilliant show, full of energy and ultimately leaving this sold out crowd wanting more.
Watch a video from Japanese Breakfast’s NPR Tiny Desk Concert on YouTube:
The set list included:
The Woman That Loves You
The Body Is a Blade
Everybody Wants to Love You
Here are some pictures of Japanese Breakfast performing at the Ottobar on April 4, 2018. All photos copyright and courtesy of David LaMason.