You know you are at a game changing concert when you’re glad that you are so into the music that your glasses are constantly flying off of your face, or when you don’t notice the burning pain in your legs from standing for so long, or when the audience members that usually just idly stand in the back not being a fan are dancing along. Beautiful Bodies creates an atmosphere with their set that just feels like home.
Many people claim to feel unconditionally accepted at Warped Tour or at All Time Low concerts. But this is on a whole different level. Coming from somebody who is just filled head to toe with social anxiety, I am telling you nothing but the truth when I say that Beautiful Bodies makes you feel like you’re full of energy and you’re home alone blasting your favorite songs. It truly is a home-like feel.
Coming from someone who has seen The Rolling Stones, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, and The Killers, please believe me when I say that their set, however short it was, may have been the best show I have ever seen. I do not say that lightly.
Surfacing from Kansas City, Missouri, Beautiful Bodies consists of vocalist Alicia Solombrino, bassist Luis Arana, and guitarist Thomas Becker. You may recognize Thomas from The Get Up Kids or Gratitude.
Although their debut album, Battles, is still relatively new (released June of 2015), Beautiful Bodies is taking the world by storm. They have already stolen spots for festivals such as The Vans Warped Tour, South By South West, and Kanrocksas, have been heard at the New York Fashion Week and the 2015 World Series, and toured with big time names The Smashing Pumpkins and Paramore, amongst many others.
This year, they played at Warped Tour both in the U.S., and in the U.K. Last night I had the amazing opportunity to see Beautiful Bodies represent my home town in the perfect way at the Warped Tour U.K. Warm Up Party in London. Coming from someone who has seen The Rolling Stones, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, and The Killers, please believe me when I say that their set, however short it was, may have been the best show I have ever seen. I do not say that lightly.
If you have picked up on the idea by the time you get to this point to listen to a few of their songs (my personal favorite is Invincible), you may have noticed that Beautiful Bodies does not necessarily have that core punk sound. So where does the punk element lie? In literally every other way. If you have been blessed enough to see this band perform live, I don’t even need to explain this to you. For those of you who haven’t, I will try my best to capture the insanity in words. At the show last night, Thomas was seen playing standing on top of the bar and later on a table, as well as joining in on the small mosh pit during the show. Alicia loved to take the audiences’ phones and record selfie videos of her singing on stage, as well as taking an audience member’s glasses and wearing them for half of a song. At shows with larger venues, a favorite past time of the band seems to be knocking things over, hanging upside down, and creating an over all ruckus. It is truly an experience to see a band perform with so much passion. That is a quality in live music that can be very hard to find.
One of my favorite things about Beautiful Bodies isn’t their music or their stage presence, it’s their personalities. I’ve had the pleasure of talking with Thomas in the past, and finally met Alicia and Luis last night. I have to say, this is the nicest, most down to earth band I have ever met. They don’t just take a picture with a fan and then dismiss them. All the members like to have real conversations with fans and treat them like the humans they are. They also have a very respectful view of Kansas City. One of the things I pulled from talking to Thomas at the Bonner Springs stop of Warped Tour perfectly sums it up. “Kansas City has a fucking amazing scene. To much of the music industry, KC is “fly over territory,” so bands here have to work ten times harder to be noticed outside of the city. The result is a really creative scene in KC with very high quality music. All the rad musicians around town raise the bar and make us work our asses off. We are really fortunate to be part of such an inspiring music community.” (Continue reading…)
Another crucial piece of the punk scene is the political and social attitude. It has been a while since we have heard about bands doing anything politically active. Unless you keep tabs on Beautiful Bodies. If you don’t, brace yourself.
… he is representing family members in a lawsuit against the ex-President of Bolivia who were victims of government-led killings.
Before Beautiful Bodies was a well established band, Thomas was living in South America with a Harvard education in human rights. At the moment, he is representing family members in a lawsuit against the ex-President of Bolivia who were victims of government-led killings.
You may have heard about a school in the news recently just outside of Kansas City called Oak Park High School. Their elected homecoming queen this year was as transgender student. So, because they seem to be everywhere, the Westboro Baptist Church showed up. Beautiful Bodies showed up as well and assisted the counter protesters with running the WBC away.
Alicia uses her experience being a female in the punk music scene as means for songwriting. She is an amazing role model for girls who are struggling with being themselves. Alicia is unapologetically herself, and recognizes that that is a huge piece of self acceptance that this generation seems to have lost.
There are a handful of bands that sing about changing the world and ending injustice and inequality, but only a few of those bands actually do something about it.
If you still don’t think this band is the most punk thing of the year, you need to sit down and think about your definition of punk. There are a handful of bands that sing about changing the world and ending injustice and inequality, but only a few of those bands actually do something about it. Beautiful Bodies sets an incredible example for the rest of the scene.
To make a long story short, Beautiful Bodies is an unbelievable band that deserves a hundred times more recognition than they get. From a live show so entertaining you won’t care that your shoes are sticking to the beer soaked floor, to such kind personalities, to being politically active, this is definitely a band to watch. The hometown pride that other pop-punk bands seem to lack is just the icing on the cake.
Next time Beautiful Bodies makes a stop in your town, go see them. You will not regret it, I promise. And for you Kansas Citians, you have a lot of these opportunities to see their shows. I will be pretty disappointed if you pass them up.