BILLIE EILISH LIVE AT THE SONIA
Fifteen-year-old phenomenon Billie Eilish played a sold-out show at the Sonia in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Thursday night.
The saucy track “COPYCAT” off of her debut EP, dont smile at me, began her electric set. Billie Eilish effortlessly grooved and belted, her crowd shouting the clever lyrics back at her. “I’m sorry, sorry—sike!”
An audience of mostly teenagers close to Eilish’s own age gave a first hand example of the impact her music has had on her age group.
Two especially adored tracks “idontwannabeyouanymore” and “watch” followed. The energy never halted. Eilish had a compelling connection to her sound, intensely feeling each beat and bump.
She has a certain confidence about her that is prominent in her performance. She is unafraid of how she is seen or perceived—appearing to perform uncensored in spirit.
Eilish sang a light-hearted cover of Drake’s “Hotline Bling”, further exciting her crowd. She knows what intrigues her teenage audience because she is them. Her lyrics speak to their experiences and she has a sense of understanding towards them that older artists lack.
Her brother, Finneas O’Connell, who doubles as her co-writer and producer, tours as her backing band. Towards the middle of the set, Eilish invited him to play a song of his own, cheering him on from a humble squat at the back of the stage.
She continued the set with more tracks off her EP, her fans not missing a beat or lyric. It is often hard to believe a fifteen year old could write such sophisticated songs, but after seeing Billie perform them live, it is evident that she wrote each lyric about very personal experiences.
Genuine, powerful energy radiated throughout the venue from start to finish. She is truly wise beyond her years. Her ethereal sound emanates from a place of true passion and artistry, qualities others may never find over the course of their lifelong careers. Billie Eilish is a voice for her generation and proof that you are never too young to do something incredible.
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