Five Stars. 11/10. Two thumbs up way up. I could go on forever with all the praise for Sofi Tukker’s show at the Fine Line. The energy, the uniqueness, the interaction with the crowd and the general fun was all there— through and through. You couldn’t ask for better concert experience, and it all started right from the opening act.
Sofi Tukker themselves are actually two people, which is a surprise to many people that haven’t heard of them. It’s simply the two first names of the band members, Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern. They met at an art show near the end of their careers at Brown University and started making music together. From there they went viral in a few months with their track “Drinkee.” They’ve been gaining popularity and even had their track “Best Friend” featured in an Apple Ad, which pushed them farther into the mainstream. Now, they are currently on their Treehouse world tour, in support of their debut LP, also called Treehouse.
Arriving at the Fine Line, I was greeted by the sight of two strange guys on stage, they were definitely not LP Giobbi, the listed opening act. The opening act was a bit of a mystery actually. I don’t know much about them other than through info included on the official Sofi Tukker Instagram story. They’re apparently called Animao, they do pirate rave music and they were born on the tour bus just two nights ago when the band found out that they had an opening for the first opening act. From there, it got weird. The lineup consisted of two guys, one wearing something straight out of the 1970’s, and the other wearing a skin-tight camo get up with short shorts to bring it all together. They got the crowd going with overtly sexual lyrics including “Hopscotch grab your crotch, hopscotch grab your crotch.” And even got nice and close with the crowd throughout their set.
Then came LP Giobbi, a DJ that is self-described as “Rock n Roll with a Disco Soul born draped in sequins cloaked in fog at a seance in the mountains of Oregon.” And honestly, that’s a pretty apt description of her personality. It was a quirky set, with great music and phenomenal energy. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a DJ on stage that happy. She was seriously beaming through the whole set, messing with the crowd and wearing a shirt that simply said “Tits First.” Whatever that means, I’m for it.
Then came the main act, Sofi Tukker. Right off the bat, the set exploded with energy. They came running out to screams from the sold-out crowd and unveiled their treehouse-themed set. They started off with one my personal favorite songs, “Energia,” which is sung completely in Portuguese. They also unveiled the “tree” in their treehouse set, which was actually a giant instrument, with panels that could be played with drumsticks.
The entire show itself was fantastic. Like I said above, the energy was constant, Sofi and Tukker looked like they were having a blast, they both made their own ventures into the crowd, they were, interacting with their fans, and were just throwing a giant party through the whole show. They also pulled up two members of the audience to dance along to a song. Near the end of their set, they also donned neon ponchos to just add another layer of crazy to the show. They ended out their set with “Best Friend” (their viral Apple track) and “Fuck They”
They eventually came back for an encore where they played an acoustic cover of “Cry For You.” You know that crazy Euro dance song by September? Yeah, they did an acoustic cover of that. They explained that Tucker had an addiction to Euro dance music and had eventually gotten Sophie addicted to it as well. Their set ended out with “Drinkee,” the song that catapulted them into viral stardom. I honestly wish the set would have kept going. I had an absolute blast through the whole thing. This was probably one of the best live acts I’ve seen, and best since BROCKHAMPTON. If Sofi Tukker is coming to your town, go. Make sure you buy your ticket right away because their entire tour is selling out.