Poppy, what happened to her?

Is she worth seeing?

Unfortunately moving forward would be very difficult without explaining poppy and her many renditions. The direct collaboration with Titanic Sinclair crafting her start in the scene with “that poppy” to current stage name, “poppy”. To titanic previous project Mars Argo and the heavy influence, it has had on current poppy. Titanic started off as a youtuber and musician with his girlfriend at the time, Brittany sheets aka mars argo. Original channel gave birth to the computer show, where mars and titanic made music for the theme song. Reoccurring themes were making fun of internet culture and our society, which later would be heavily featured in poppy’s content. Due to a messy break up, titanic and mars split ways and he started working with who we now know as poppy, her YouTube style, sound, and imagery was all Titanic’s original project and YouTube persona. Adapted and changed by poppy being the main subject and no longer titanic, this would start the rise and eventual fall of their relationship. While making and creating music, with Titanic’s departure being a huge aspect of older poppy and a new style and sound being the solo creation from Moriah “poppy herself”.

Poppy.Computer tour

Named after her first full length album and continuing the trend of internet culture. This was poppy’s first tour leaving behind her previous name “that poppy” and record company. Keeping two songs from her first rendition from the bubble bath ep, “lowlife and Money”, and touring hosting a vip package consisting of poppy talking via tv screen. For this debut tour the opening act, Charlotte her mannequin friend who was featured on the poppy movie, song, various YouTube videos. A slight nod and joke on our society, and dj’s not really being active participates in playing music. Charlotte started her set by just being existent in the panel, titanic walked out pressed play and the show began. Later came poppy and her set, which started off with titanic bringing Kool aide on stage simulating the last meeting of the people temple movement. Poppy telling audience members, I am not in a cult and encouraging everyone to drink, while a poison logo in the back was present and asking if everyone trusted her. On stage was two pink body suit men dawning wigs and tool skirts with face masks, just as background dancers. While poppy sang in a sequins pink 80’s dream dress, walking across the stage robotically posing and having little interaction with the audience. Only talking to the crowd once having them join in and yell for charlotte to go away after she finished singing “my style featuring charlotte. The experience was heavily influenced by computer interactions, present but not so much to be close to.

Am I a Girl? Tour

The original tour date was postponed so the opening acts, Kailee morgue and Jaria burns, were not present during all dates. Kailee stayed on the tour till Halloween, Jaria was out for the league of legends 2018 opening ceremony and recording of k/da first song. (I met Kailee and asked her about poppy, she never got to meet or talk to her, the whole tour they had no interaction and she only ever talked to titanic about business details). The Denver show had local artist yaSi, a performer who is always present at the underground music showcase. A rare distinction between shows was poppy’s actions, more of herself, dancing and higher energy and even talking to the audience. Her outfit was less encumbered, a corset and miniskirt showing off her tiny frame, around her was a guitar because unlike last show she was playing during this set. Two collaboration singles were played, “time is up ft diplo and play destroy ft grimes”. Importance of the collaboration is poppy was still on diplo’s record label, later she left due to issues with the way business was conducted. Grimes and poppy had a falling out over the song, issuing statements of nda, and bully tactics. All while titanic and poppy had rumors circulating of them ending their relationship, which was straining on her career and style. This accounts for poppy being able to smile and show more human characteristic compared to the robot persona present in the past. 

I disagree Tour

I disagree tour, was a complete 180 from all other poppy shows. After the falling out with titanic, claims of emotional abuse and a lawsuit by Brittany sheets for copy rights. All unfolded in poppy’s new sound and record label, lyrics, I disagree was a metal album under Sumerian records. X and scary mask were a glimpse into what she was transforming into, with many interviews being more organic and crediting bands like nine-inch nails as inspiration. Titanic being out of the picture all the old aspects of poppy were no longer around and it is a huge factor in poppy as we know now.  Appearance wise poppy went back to her natural hair color, ditching the old bleach blonde aesthetic and persona. On stage dressed in a sunflower blue tunic with shorts, while back up band was in face masks playing their instruments. Like previous sets poppy was acting differently, jumping around, and spinning showing high energy, most passionate she has ever been. Now metal, only playing one song from her previous album “am I a girl” but still having  ,x, play destroy singles in the setlist. New addition and only played at a couple venues was the cover of tatus “all the things she said”. For the opening act, vowws who suited the new style that poppy is but didn’t seem to be so memorable.   

Never find my place Tour

Flux being the newest album released, it was time for a new tour and to grace the stage we got the gem Mz Neon. Imagine a mix of industrial, rap with some abrasive sexual transgender vibe and you have the opener. Just like new starting off acts some parts were not as polished, but lots of potential and with age will only improve. Going forward they would be an artist to keep tabs on, a name that we could use for comparison, Brooke Candy. Onward to our main act, like previous shows it was only one opener and then poppy made her appearance. Still rocking natural hair and wearing a vest/shirt combo and shorts underneath like the last tours outfit. Performance was still and a little uncomfortable, walking around on stage and marching in place, with some talking to the crowd. Encouragement of mosh pits with little success but still having a handful of people participating. just like am I a girl tour, poppy did help play a couple songs but retreating to walking around and marching/ skipping in one spot. Adding screams to her songs unfortunately very lack luster compared to other female artist in and out of the scene. Screech would be a better term used to describe the noise, unique and different. Did not add much positive effects to the song but great to see uncharted territory. Whole vibe of the show was optimistic from the fans but personally to me it just seems substandard.       

Is Poppy worth it?

For this last tour, in my opinion, no, poppy is not worth it. Being the expert and following her career from the beginning and knowing all renditions. The poppy we all fell in love with no longer exist and that is fine she is in a better place, but she is lost. Going from a trail blazer of her scene to just a copy of the trends, style, looks, persona. It was like watching a babymetal fan who put on a show, not very polished. Personally poppy needs to find who she is as an artist before I would say she is worth seeing again. Until that day, time and resources are better spent elsewhere but who knows what the next rendition will be. It could be the better version of poppy that will warrant praise for her originality but until then that $33 is best spent on another act. 

Mz Neon, go give follow and listen

March 1, Claud, Dad bod, State drugs

Concert coverage!

When covid hit, our society did a great job of limiting transmissions. Social gatherings, and live music were no longer plausible. Everyone was hit hard, but now we are back and better than ever. Starting off the season right and documenting concert experiences. As a patron of the event here is an opinion from my perspective.

State Drugs

h State drugs is a band that is unfortunately a victim of wrong place, wrong time. Their sound is very reminiscent of a 90’s teen film, just think; Ten things I hate about you, Clueless and she’s all that. Could easily be featured in any film soundtrack, during that time launching their careers. A pop-punk grunge vibe, mixed in with light sing talking, only thing missing is ska elements. Still, a high energy display from both guitarists trading off between main solos and back up strumming. In the words of my friend “the drummer is amazing” and he was so in awe by him. After watching his skills unfold and now convinced drumming is his calling. On record they are very cohesive, and the singing meshes well. That was not the case for a live performance, having the vocals unfortunately drowned out. A local Denver group who will be playing again and has high prospect for further crafting their sound.

Dad Bod

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Super bias on the next band, the name, presence, sound, all done beautifully. Can we just take a moment to appreciate the band named “Dad bod” A band full of people who do not have a dad bod and do not sound like a dad. Naming the band this seems like a dad joke, and it works. With a nod to early 90’s fashion, an eccentric substitution guitarist with no shoes and a fashionable drummer. This is a band to look out for, soft vocals mixed steadily towards a fully-fledged jamming session. On the edge of indie pop, with grunge elements, sad girl music vibe. Heavily influenced by raw emotions with hypnotizing calming rifts. On record they stand up even better, hearing all the subtle elements blending seamlessly and having the same experience in person. Ending a mesmerizing set “Callie” laid on the floor singing to the audience, only negative aspect is the sanitary conditions of the marquis floor. True punk rock right there. 

Claud

For our final act and the reason bringing everyone together. Mr. bitch himself “Claud” one fun fact about the show it’s his second time at the marquis theater. First being years ago opening for the maria’s, ironically playing the summit music hall. Claud has had some time to hone his skills and it was evident in the lack of difference between recorded tracks and live performance. Meaning the whole show is what you would expect, vocals matched, playing was cohesive. Unknown skill but much needed was his handling ability of the crowd and the situational moments. A drunk couple raised their hand in between song to ask the bassist’s name, screaming praises at her. To the rest of audience raising their hands to try and ask a question. Followed up by a short conversation regarding small world moments and finishing off the night with a happy birthday sang by all. All while keeping a smile on his face and moving the energy along, wonderful performer. High energy when needed and soft and mellow when the energy dictated. An artist who has found his stride and keeps at it, only the next show will demonstrate all the improvement and momentum. 

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