By Rami Abou-Sabe

Empire of the Sun brought their one-of-kind live show to Boston’s waterfront Blue Hills Bank Pavilion on a cool Friday night (May 12). The evening was dominated by electric beats, vibrant costumes, and Empire’s universal message of love.

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Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore burst onto the scene in 2008 with their hazy summer anthem “Walking on a Dream,” charting stateside with the track eight years later in 2016.

In a live setting, Empire’s unique cross-section of ’90s indie rock and sun-kissed disco is remarkably infectious. While the upbeat sound can grow tiresome as you push your way through a full album, the music flourishes onstage as the Australian duo’s penchant for pop songwriting finds a way to push through a visual light array that (nearly) steals the show.

Dancers clad in sparkly outfits flank the stage, while an arsenal of lasers that would make James Bond’s nemesis Goldfinger jealous beam out across the audience. Punchy kicks and chunky synths drive the night forward as the audience rises and falls in unison, reacting to every high-flying note with arms-in-the-air exuberance.

Steele, one of the best frontmen in the game, displays impressive musicianship and presence as he bounds across the stage delivering blistering guitar solos and an Oasis-esque falsetto.

Treating fans to a career-spanning setlist, Empire of the Sun used classic hits “Walking on a Dream” and “We Are the People” as pillars for the night, mixing in newer releases “Alive,” “DNA,” and “High And Low” to change up the pace.

Check out our full gallery from the show below.


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