PHOTO REVIEW: The Japanese House – San Francisco, CA 11/21/2023

The Japanese House is back in the U.S. touring in support of ‘In the End It Always Does’, Amber Bain’s second studio album released in June this year. Performing at the legendary Fillmore in San Francisco on November 21st was befitting of the British artist, whose low-key indie-pop vibes set the perfect tone against the venue’s iconic chandeliers. Kicking off the set with “Sad to Breathe” off the new album, the sold-out crowd cheered and sang along with enthusiasm, which continued when the pace was brought up with the follow-up “Touching Yourself”. Set against dim colorful lighting without much of a spotlight, Bain’s voice was crisp and full of emotion when performing songs like “I Saw You In A Dream” and “Boyhood”, the former set the mood with lights shining against the mirrorball above with the stage lighting flashing against a purple and blue background at times. Bain and her band were in a groove throughout the set and were really in the pocket when they performed “Friends”, one of the set’s highlights. The new album is filled with many gems so it was great to hear the set end with a couple of standouts with “One for sorrow, two for Joni Jones” and “Sunshine Baby”. Bain was seen smiling and laughing in between songs throughout the set in response to the overwhelming appreciation for the music and the connection with fans was evident as they were smiling back and with good reason.