LA-based duo Girlpool, comprised of Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad, have performed at Triple Rock Social Club many times over their short, but impressive career, but Monday night was their final time. The club will be closing for good late next month, a devastating loss for the Twin Cities indie music scene.
Obviously emotional over the news, Cleo addressed the crowd a few songs into their hour-long set, thanking the venue for all the support over the years. “This venue has always been one of our favorites, and a stop that we have looked forward to on every tour that has brought us to it. Thank you Triple Rock for everything you have done for us over the years, we are sad to see you go!” they said, resulting in cheers and applause from the attendees. Openers, Palm, also thanked the venue for the support the club had given them.
It may have been Girlpools final performance in the legendary, but relatively small venue anyways, as the duo continues to rise in popularity. Their sophomore album Powerplant, released earlier this year, has gotten rave reviews, even being voted one of the Best Albums of 2017 by Rolling Stone.
Rattling off some of their bigger hits, mixed with personal favorites from the members of the band, the crowd was hanging off their every word as Cleo and Harmony held total control of the room. Performing with the help of a drummer and keyboard/saxophone player, there was also a three-song span where they were on stage alone, with just their guitar and bass.
The highlight of the night, at least for me, was the improvised smooth-jazz that Cleo and the backing band performed as Harmony was tuning her guitar. It was an unexpected treat, as I mentioned just yesterday in my review of NEEDTOBREATHE that I am quite the fan of saxophone solos!
Overall, it was a fitting final performance for Girlpool in a venue that helped them start their careers. I look forward to seeing them come to the Twin Cities and performing in bigger and bigger venues for years to come as they continue to rise in the ranks.