PHOTOGRAPHY Delon Bone (@delonebone)
WORDS Julian de la Celle (@dandyintheunderworld)
Many fans of rock group Fontaines D.C. were counting down the days until their sold out Teragram Ballroom headline show last night in Downtown Los Angeles, but unfortunately due to a power outage at the venue, the show was cancelled an hour before the band was supposed to hit the stage. Fontaines hail from Dublin, Ireland, so to reschedule a cancelled show in Los Angeles would take months. Fans were outside the venue, sad and disappointed, until someone mentioned a rumor floating around: the band was to play a much more intimate show at former bikini bar turned venue, boutique hotel and recording studio Gold Diggers. No one knew if there was any validity to the rumor, but local LA band Starcrawler were just finishing up a private showcase for their label Rough Trade Records and were set to DJ the rest of the night. We made our way down to find out.
When we arrived at Gold Diggers there were maybe 15 people there, most at the bar having a drink, while Starcrawler were loading out and starting their DJ set. It didn’t look like the band was going to play here, but after a while of waiting around and speaking to a few people we were told Starcrawler were loading out early in order to make room for the Dublin lads. They were set to go on at midnight. As time passed more and more people started to flood in until the entire 150 capacity venue was packed and no one else was to be let inside. Fontaines gave the audience an extremely intimate and electrifying hour-long set that gave anyone who may have questioned if rock n roll is dead a run for their money.