The Los Angeles-based trio known as the Daylights didn't have any such an experience on Saturday night when it opened Katy Perry's sold-out gig at the Wiltern. For one thing, they were fully clothed. Nonetheless, we were kind of stunned by the warm reaction the band received from the crowd there to see pop music's It Girl. As is often the case with opening acts, we nearly missed their set after a long wait for a table at a nearby Mexican joint, but we did make it in time to see a few songs and the crowd's enthusiastic response.
Musically, the Daylights are inoffensive and highly commercial. Our younger companion thought they sounded a bit like U2, but we thought of less-edgy acts like the Wallflowers and Counting Crows. Fellow scribe Ben Wener of the Orange County Register, who gave a favorable review to Perry, was less generous. "Hand-picked opening act the Daylights were considerably less impressive, however, despite guitarist-vocalist Ran Jackson valiantly soldiering on with a broken hand," he wrote. "The trio, abetted here by Switchfoot guitarist Drew Shirley, came off resolutely generic - the sound of Lifehouse with the look of Maroon 5."
Ouch. Yet the crowd didn't seem to mind. In fact, the audience seemed to love them. Singer-guitarist Jackson does know how to work it. He told the mostly young female crowd that the band would love to meet fans in the lobby after the show. Sure enough, a swarm of girls surrounded the band after Perry's set. You can see the evidence in the photo below provided by new Daylights fan Hillary Hanson.
It's interesting to note that the Daylights have also toured with hit-makers OneRepublic. Despite its free-agent status, the band appears to be well funded and connected. The Daylights have released two EPs and it recently recorded a still-to-be-released full album in London with Youth, the single-named producer who collaborates with Paul McCartney on his recordings released under the Fireman moniker.
Listen to the Daylights' Sans Radio EP.