I first saw Hey Violet when they opened for 5 Seconds of Summer on their Rock Out With Your Socks Out Tour. I can honestly say that I wasn’t impressed. They didn’t catch my attention. It wasn’t until their cover of Blank Space by Taylor Swift that they caught my attention. Their songs didn’t have me hooked and I quite honestly just wasn’t interested. They played the Bill Nye The Science Guy theme song which got the crowd going because it was a song that reminded us all of the good old days of elementary school science. But over all I was extremely underwhelmed by their set.
Fast forward to one year later, Hey Violet was once again opening for 5 Seconds of Summer. This time around, my opinion of the band completely changed. They opened with a song called Makeup and honestly it didn’t leave an impression considering I still don’t know that song. They moved onto Brand New Moves, which I hadn’t heard before. I really liked this new sound that I hadn’t previously associated with the band. When they finished performing Guys My Age, I was hooked, I had even written the name of the song in the notes app on my phone so I would know to go back and look at it.
Hey Violet has a unique look that isn’t seen often in the music industry. The fact that the band has a female drummer, Nia Lovelis and female keyboardist Miranda Miller is groundbreaking. More alternative bands should be backed by girl power. Lead singer Rena Lovelis has an incredible voice and is a strong front face for the band. The band has started to break away from their 5 Seconds of Summer roots and find their own identity, and preforming their own shows.
Since the time of SLFL, I have gone back to listen to all of Hey Violet’s music, their old stuff still hasn’t really grown on me. However Brand New Moves and Guys My Age have become two tracks that I constantly listen to. Their on stage chemistry as a band makes you laugh and makes their performances so much more enjoyable. I wholeheartedly believe that if Hey Violet continues to produce tracks like their newer music, they will thrive in the music business. I can’t wait to see what the band does next and follow them on their journey.