California alt-pop trio half•alive brought their “Conditions Of A Punk” tour to New York’s Brooklyn Steel on Friday night in support of their latest album of the same name.
The first opener of the night was TikTok artist Dev Lemons who warmed up the crowd with “CEO OF MY ASS,” “Autopilot,” “You Tear Me Apart,” and “Dizzy Vision,” followed by “Guessing Games,” “Nightstand,” and “One Whole Me.”
Alternative-pop artist Tessa Violet lit up the stage with her bright yellow hair and armour-inspired bodysuit, shimmering head to toe. A born pop star, Violet performed a collection of unreleased songs, tracks from her debut 2019 album Bad Ideas, and her most recent singles.
Starting with “YES MOM (I’m The One To Beat)” and “I Like (the Idea of) You,” Tessa moved into “Crush,” “Games,” and “Honest” from Bad Ideas. Fans were treated to the unreleased track “My God!” before closing with her newest release, “You Are Not My Friend.”
half•alive is vocalist Josh Taylor, bassist J. Tyler Johnson, and drummer Brett Kramer. Together, the Long Beach, CA natives presented an almost two-hour show full of older tracks, moody lighting, interpretive dance, and outfit changes.
The show started with Taylor behind a large sheet, creating shadows that moved in sync with the beat of the bands opening songs, “Tip Toes” and “The Fall” from their debut EP 3. Split into four parts for each season (symbolizing the band’s growth and maturity) – the show would span from Summer into Fall, and from Winter into Spring.
Summer began with the aptly titled “Summerland” into “Brighton” and “High Up” from Conditions Of A Punk. Summer continued with “Back Around” and the introduction of two stage dancers who would perform modern dance throughout the evening. Closing with “Yosemite” and “Move Me,” the band transitioned into Fall.
A band with a skill for conceptualization, the feeling of the venue changed for Fall as half•alive started with “Never Been Better” featuring Tessa Violet. Three large blocks were brought to the center of the stage for “Everything Machine” for the dancers to move around on, with Josh joining them in choreographed movements during “What’s Wrong.” Fall began its transition to Winter as the band performed “Call Back” and “I’ll Stop.”
Winter started quietly with the band leaving the stage sans Taylor, who performed “Lost” on a piano to the audience’s rapt attention. He continued to play “arrow” from 2019’s Now, Not Yet before Johnson and Kramer rejoined him onstage for a cover of Phil Collins’ “Strangers Like Me.” The rest of Winter was “Beige,” “Hot Tea,” and “Make It.”
The final season began with a dance break and an outfit change before performing “Nobody,” “Did I Make You Up?” and “RUNAWAY.” half•alive chose not to have an encore and instead closed with “still feel,” “Conditions Of A Punk,” and “creature.”