Two buzzy newcomers packed the small Harvard Square venue on a school night to celebrate diverse iterations of indie pop.
Yuno and his backing band brought these bright, summery songs to live during a brief seven song set. Standout track "Why For" found Yuno playing fuzzy guitar while his more forceful vocal moments evoked emo rapper Trippie Redd. Their mashup of original track "Fall In Love" with Smash Mouth's "All Star" won over those Superorganism fans who quickly filed into the venue during Yuno's opening set. Despite spending years in his bedroom honing his indie pop meets soundcloud rap with a side of dancehall sound, he's still getting used to performing live and what audiences expect of a front-person. "Being on stage is new for me. Now I'm trying to talk while Jordan tunes his bass and I don't know what to say," Yuno admits before a bandmate reminds him that he should plug his EP (Moodie is out now). He's a little awkward, but also warm, open, and funny.
A short while later Superorganism took the stage like cyberpunk, technicolor druids; marching slowly, clad in assorted brightly-colored hoodies and holding glowing orbs as creative video projections wash over screens that back and flank the performers. Diminutive frontwoman Orono Noguchi takes center stage between three backup-singing dancers to one side and the drummer on the other, with two multi-instrumentalists in back handling guitar, keyboards, samplers, and additional percussion.
A Superorganism set is a whimsical hour-long collection of memes set to music. This sounds dismissive, but actually comes across as rather brilliant in a very postmodern way and everyone's shaking their booties too hard to think hard about it anyway. Hypnotoads, iPhones, and 8-bit Nintendo fonts and various crazy video effects set to bombastic, idiosyncratic synth-pop that tempers Sleigh Bells with Chvrches filtered through Talking Heads. And Boston seems very warm to Superorganism, with diminuitive lead singer Orono Noguchi shouting out her southeast Maine boarding school pals that made the trip to Cambridge. Noguchi, now fresh out of high school, befriended members of the band that would become Superorganism at a show in her native Japan back in 2015. Her dry, sardonic, DGAF demeanor makes for interesting stage banter during between song breaks that included improptu Q&A sessions and aerobics instruction.