Photos + Review: Wallows at Doug Fir
Written by joe on January 29, 2018
All photos by Joe Hernandez (@thisisbroseph)
Wallows and Strange Ranger at Portland’s Doug Fir – January 26, 2018.
Wallows stopped by Portland on only their second night of their tour for an early all ages show at the intimate Doug Fir Lounge. Starting the night off was Portland’s own Strange Ranger. The group was welcomed by the excited, friendly, and mostly female adolescent crowd. Many complimented the group, calling out their name, and cheering loudly after every song. As mentioned by the band, it was their first time playing in a venue like Doug Fir, and they were incredibly grateful toward the supportive crowd and for Wallows having them out.
Wallows took the stage shortly after Strange Ranger, and the crowd erupted instantly. Cell phones shot up in the air, camera flashes engulfed the stage, and the audience screamed as the band took the stage. Wallows is fronted by guitarist and vocalist Dylan Minnette, the star of Netlix’s 13 Reasons Why, but proves through their set their music is capable of standing apart from Minnette. The band is out on a headlining tour across the nation performing in quick selling and sold out venues, with only four tracks currently released. Fans were treated to a full set of never before heard songs, and future releases. With younger generations being drawn to alternative indie music, Wallows appeals to their audience and delivers a packed set with a genuine and engaging performance. The group features a nostalgic sound, and is known to cover songs by classic artists such as The Smiths during their set. They show an appreciation for classic alternative music, and despite Hollywood ties deserves the audience and fanbase that sells out their venues.