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Prinze George: Concert Review

It’s the calm before the storm for Indie pop trio Prinze George. 

The three, originally from Prince George, Maryland, are sitting in the dressing room after their eleven song set. Changed out of their all white stage attire, the three look relaxed and clearly comfortable with each other. 

Naomi Almquist, the band’s main vocalist explains, “We’re basically waiting for something to happen…We’ve been working on our album this whole past year and now it’s really up to our management.” 

Prinze Geroge has seen success with their self-titled EP released at the beginning of 2015. Critics and music blogs alike claim that they are, “destined for indie pop royalty status.” 

When on stage, one can’t help but feel like they are in the presence of the next big thing. 

They started out with their most popular track, “Upswing.” An expertly crafted song, balanced between electronic samples and a catchy guitar riff. The pace was set for the rest of the night. 

It’s hard to place a front man for the band, since each member individually contributes to a individual unique sound. Kenny Grimm does production and instrumentals. During their new song “Freeze” Grimm showcased his musical talent by ripping a 30-second long solo on his Launchpad, effectively causing the entire 120-person crowd to get on their feet in appreciation. Then there’s Isabella De Leon on drums and vocals. De Leon’s use of the snare drum mixed with her electronic drum set is arguably what puts this band ahead of the rest. She wears a huge smile as she pounds away at the drums, creating a contagious beat. By the end of the night every girl wanted to be her and every guy wanted to date her. Finally there’s Naomi Almquist on vocals. Despite her small stature, she has a deep soulful voice that ties their unique sound together. During their track, “The Writer” she attributes her musical talent to her mother, “My mother taught me pretty much everything I know about singing.” Almquist’s mother’s vocals are sampled in “The Writer.” 

Too often bands seem rigid on stage. Not Prinze George. The beat seems to simultaneously run through the three as they nod their heads in synchronized motion. When claimed they were good dancers, the three laughed. Grimm commented, “I’ve got like three moves that I stick to that I just repeat over and over.” 

Next for Prinze George? Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The festival, happening this August, is hand picked by Aaron Dessner of The National and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, two of the band’s favorite artists. 

Almquist explains, “It’s different than playing Coachella or Bonnaroo, it’s hand-picked and we were honored to be invited.” 

Once this calm is over, Prinze George does indeed have the potential and momentum to become indie-pop royalty. Which is fitting considering their band name.

Written by Spotlight Sounds Committee Member Marissa McCormick
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