Oh Wonder, the musical duo consisting of Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West, hail from London, England. They found themselves in Birmingham on October 8th, but it was not the Birmingham of their home country. It was Birmingham, Alabama and the venue Iron City. That is where Oh Wonder performed in front of a packed audience of enthusiastic young supporters and fans. The show might have been on a Sunday, but the crowd partied and grooved with the band like it was the start of the weekend.
The concert by Oh Wonder in Birmingham was in support of their latest album, "Ultralife". Even though the band released a self-titled collection in 2015, they have treated "Ultralife" as an official debut album. That is why the duo set out on a massive world tour to support the release and why they found themselves performing in front of an audience in the Magic City.
I had not heard Oh Wonder before this show, but their music was right up my alley. I'm a sucker for good alt-synthpop duos, and Oh Wonder does the genre quite well. Both Vander Gucht and West are charismatic performers, and they compliment each other a great deal while on stage. They also employ a top notch production with vibrant and rich lighting. I am always going to be a fan of a group that knows how to properly light their performance, and Oh Wonder is one of those groups.
The show was well received by the rather large audience in attendance. It was obvious the group is huge with high school and college students as they came out in great numbers to see the performance. That type of fanbase should and most likely will stick with the group as they continue to make a name for themselves in the music game. I know I'll be keeping eyes and ears on them from here on out.
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