Monday night was one of those shows where I was there solely because of some of the photos I had seen of the headliner, Jazmin Bean. They were of this almost monster like beauty queen with a sewed up nose and eyes, spiked dog collar, bright makeup and a beautiful tiara. I was intrigued to say the least and just had to know what Jazmin Bean was all about. Naturally, I couldn’t do it alone so I grabbed a friend and we headed to the 7th Street Entry to get a taste of Jazmin Bean.
Before Jazmin Bean was opening act Lucy Loone. When deciding this was the show I was going to spend my Monday night at, I honestly didn’t even look at the opener so I was a bit surprised to see it was Lucy as I had just seen them two months ago when they opened for ZAND. Although I was struck by their beauty that night, I felt like the performance was a bit phoned in and I even brought up the dreaded lip-syncing thought. After I posted that, Lucy had reached out to me thanking me for my review and stating that they do not lip-sync and purely sing over their tracks. Whether this was true or not from that night, I went into their set on Monday night hoping that their sound would hit me a bit differently than last time and it did.
Again, like the first time, I was struck by Lucy’s beauty. Her face seemed to collect the light of the spotlights in a way that made her almost effervescent at times throughout her forty-minute set. Whereas I got an almost mechanical Nicki Minaj vibe from her performance last time, Monday night brought something a bit more organic. Her movements were more fluid and her performance full of a bit more passion and fire than last time. Musically, her pop-drenched songs still weren’t quite for me but I did appreciate her voice more than I had. As she had mentioned in her message, it was clear on Monday that she was singing over tracks. That could have been true the first time I saw her as well but, on Monday, I felt like her vocals overpowered the tracks in all of the right ways and I was able to hear her true talent throughout the set. Her voice is soft and sultry but comes with a commanding sense of power with every syllable.
I had honestly all but written Lucy Loone off after seeing her two months ago but, just like life, every musician deserves a couple of chances before being written off completely. Lucy’s music still isn’t quite my cup of tea but I was so glad I gave them another chance and they didn’t let me down.
The show moved fast and, in no time, the house lights went down and the roar from the young sold-out audience at the 7th Street Entry reached a climax. A drummer and guitarist took the stage ahead of Jazmin Bean but it was Jazmin’s entrance that seemed to really get the audience all riled up. Jazmin Bean hails from England and has been doing their thing for years. Even at only twenty years old, they have clearly made a name and brand for themself that the kids are eating up. As I mentioned at the beginning, I was pulled into their set by the extreme photos I had seen online prior to the night so I was a bit confused when they took the stage looking nothing short of beautiful with long dirty-blonde pig tails trailing down their back and a gorgeous pink corset paired with a short white shorts.
Although I was struck by the visual of Jazmin Bean, it was their sound that had me absolutely captivated. Think pop-leaning pop-metal with a slight hint of hyper pop thrown in there. There were some songs that could be called love songs and others with a beat so intense and catchy that it was impossible to not bop along. After just a couple of songs, Jazmin thanked the audience for sticking with them through their evolution. Being completely new to Jazmin’s world, I really had no clue what this meant but the heartfelt presentation of this thankfulness clearly meant something. I started to think– maybe Jazmin Bean used to be more intense (like in the photos I had seen) but has chosen to tame it down ever so slightly. That may be the case or I may be way off but I feel like that statement got such a huge cheer and round of admiring applause from the packed crowd that the reason really didn’t matter. All that mattered was that Jazmin Bean was performing in front of “their people” and you could feel that throughout the set.
Although Jazmin Bean has been doing their thing for years, their debut album is still not out. They have an EP and smattering of singles but that’s it at this point. Their highly anticipated album, ‘Traumatic Livelihood’ is due out in February of next year and I think it’s safe to assume, from the response of the sold-out audience, that we may be seeing a lot more of Jazmin Bean in the near future.
Venue: 7th Street Entry
Smell-O-Meter: Nothing Notable
Average Age of the Crowd: 15
Crowd Surfers- 0
Stage Divers- 0
Mosh-ability- 2 out of 10
Amount of Beer Spilled On Me While Walking Around- 0 (Trick question– all ages shows here mean no alcohol being sold)
Broken Bones- None Noticed
Spotted Flying Through The Air- nothing
Fights- None Witnessed
Passed Out People- 0
Idiots Taken Out By Security – 0
How Irritated I Was With The Audience – 2 out of 10
How Many Times I’ve Seen These Bands Before (or at least how many times I can remember)-
Lucy Loone – 1
Jazmin Bean – 0
Celebrity Sightings – None
Overall Score – 7.7 out of 10
Show on Deck — NATL PARK SRVC / The Dalmatian Club / Yonder / BIG DELICIOUS
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