Book of Love, Los Globos, October 8, 2013
Performing their first Southern California gig in over a decade, NYC synth pop icons Book of Love arrived in Silver Lake for the first of five area shows at the Los Globos club. An intimate atmosphere with superlative sound, the room was absolutely packed to the rafters by the time Book of Love made their way to the stage. After a brief introduction, the band opened their set with the sweeping Modigliani (Lost in Your Eyes), instantly captivating the audience with the tune’s gorgeous refrains.
The entire concert was a lovefest, with the crowd swaying and singing along to each and every song. Vocalist Susan Ottaviano is absolutely enchanting and effervescent, her voice sparkling with a wondrous sense of intrigue. Ted Ottaviano (no relation to Susan amazingly) performed on keyboard and backing vocals, but did come to the front of the stage halfway during the set for lead vocals on the haunting With A Little Love. And while keyboardist / backing vocalist Lauren Johnson stayed in the darker area of the stage, her infectious demeanor was definitely felt throughout the room. The three members looked like they were having the time of their lives onstage, and delivered a rousing set truly demonstrating the utter timelessness of their songs. It should be noted that although fourth member Jade Lee was not present at the live shows, she will still very much be part of the writing and recording process for all new Book of Love material.
Covering tracks culled mostly from the first two albums Book of Love and Lullaby, the trio granted new life into the glorious songs from the past. I Touch Roses had the band actually passing out flowers to the audience during the show – everyone near the front row pretty much received a thorny rose to take home as a grand souvenir from the magical night. Alice Everyday from Candy Carol also garnered quite a positive reaction from the crowd. Their cover of S.O.S. by Abba was brilliantly inspired and their own original composition Boy brought back a lot of vibrant memories as well.
For an encore, Book of Love returned to the stage as Somewhere Over The Rainbow was playing over the club PA, and then really tore it up with an epic rendition of Tubular Bells and Pretty Boys And Pretty Girls. A new song was also previewed and well received by the Los Globos crowd. Interestingly enough, Book of Love did not perform Boy Pop and Enchanted from their final album Lovebubble. But with so many fantastic songs delivered by a beloved and sorely missed collective, there is little doubt that fans left Los Globos thoroughly enraptured by this very special show. Here’s hoping we hear A LOT more from Book of Love in 2014 and beyond.
Watch for our interview with Susan Ottaviano coming soon to Highwire Daze Online!
Modigliani (Lost in Your Eyes)
It’s in Your Eyes
You Make Me Feel So Good
With a Little Love
I Touch Roses
Book of Love
Somewhere Over The Rainbow (Judy Garland)
Tubular Bells / Pretty Boys and Pretty Girls
(Review and Photos by Ken Morton)