The Standard Presents: Poolside

Watching Poolside while sitting poolside is pretty much the best way to experience Poolside.

Surrounded by the skyscrapers of downtown Los Angeles, we hung out and watched the bass, beats and keys combo bring a super chill vibe to the The Standard hotel rooftop party last night. Poolside kept the crowd swaying with their disco-inspired pop songs, casual upbeat summertime jams that were ideal for the setting.

The band uses congas to add texture to synthesized drums, and once the groove is built, it never bothers to stop, making Poolside’s live show feel somewhat like a well thought-out playlist. Their cover of Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon” was an interesting take on the song, so much so that it was almost over before most of us realized what it was.

“They’ve got a real Neil Young feel going on right now,” photographer Jon Larsen pointed out to me.

“That’s because this is a Neil Young cover,” I replied.

He cocked his head and listened intently for a second.

“Oh…” he said, and went on to sing along to the chorus.

Overall, I felt like Poolside’s music was based around hot summer nights spent relaxing with a hot summer girlfriend or boyfriend. Needless to say, I enjoyed the hell out of it.

Photos by: Mike Bogart

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