Photos: OK Go | 04.04.15

Chicago's viral sensations OK Go brought confetti and the hits to The Pageant in St. Louis on April 4th, 2015. (Bryan J. Sutter)

Viral video mavericks OK Go brought their hits, and their confetti cannons, to a packed Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri, on April 4th, 2015.

Chicago's viral sensations OK Go brought confetti and the hits to The Pageant in St. Louis on April 4th, 2015. (Bryan J. Sutter)

OK Go are a special kind of indie band. They could’ve easily joined the long list of now defunct “nu-garage” acts from the early 2000s, but the boost from the music video for the 2005 single “Here It Goes Again” may have saved them from becoming a rock ‘n roll footnote like The Vines or The Von Bondies. They’ve definitely become more accessible over time, mixing pop sensibilities with post-whatever guitar tones while occasionally dipping their toes into the more appetizing elements of psychedelic music. If the Flaming Lips are, to borrow a thought from garage soul revivalist King Khan, the epitome of right-wing indie rock, then perhaps OK Go are their equal counterparts on the other side of the aisle.

Which, to clarify, is not an insult towards OK Go.

Chicago's viral sensations OK Go brought confetti and the hits to The Pageant in St. Louis on April 4th, 2015. (Bryan J. Sutter)

Touring behind the recently-released Hungry Ghosts, OK Go have seemingly set off to prove their worthiness as a live act. Which, I don’t think anyone has ever really questioned but in their journey they’ve crafted a very entertaining live show. When performing behind a semi-transparent screen, wild patterns and even band members’ faces appeared on the large swatch of fabric in syncopation with the live performance. The screen would typically fall down during a song’s climax as confetti cannons blasted the crowd. Tim Nordwind and frontman Damian Kulash would host brief Q&A sessions between each stage of the performance that lasted just long enough for the other band members to catch their breath and switch their equipment.. Kulash even sampled the crowd for the percussive elements of a song. The singer also waded into the crowd with an acoustic guitar and microphone to serenade a sea of smartphones. Much like how their music videos engage the viewer though a sense of sometimes-subversive creativity, the band expresses an uncommon sense of play with their live show. Even if you’re just a casual fan, it’s enough to keep your attention for the entirety of the evening.

Chicago's viral sensations OK Go brought confetti and the hits to The Pageant in St. Louis on April 4th, 2015. (Bryan J. Sutter)

Photographers were given the rare privilege of shooting OK Go’s entire set at The Pageant, which proved to be an excellent way to get familiar with some new camera equipment. I cannot think of a better live show for such a situation. To be honest, I was much too involved with making the most out of the opportunity to remember every song played and the exact order in which they were played, but I think I heard every big song, from 2001’s “Get Over it” to their recent single “I Won’t Let You Down”.

Chicago's viral sensations OK Go brought confetti and the hits to The Pageant in St. Louis on April 4th, 2015. (Bryan J. Sutter)

In conclusion, regardless if it’s on Youtube or in the flesh realm, OK Go are worth your precious eyeball minutes.

See more photos from Ok Go’s performance at The Pageant by clicking here or by checking out the gallery below.



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