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Rey Pila shine in return to Fox Theater Oakland as opener for Brandon Flowers

Rey PilaBy Marc Fong //

Rey Pila //
Fox Theater Oakland – Oakland
September 2nd, 2015 //

Mexico City natives Rey Pila returned to the Bay Area last Wednesday night to open for the enigmatic Brandon Flowers. The band, fronted by baby-faced lead singer Diego Solórzano, brought with them a familiar, yet distant vibe.

Rey Pila’s sound is dark and synth-filled. Solórzano’s voice is reminiscent of your favorite Tears for Fears track. And although the band might have gotten lost in the pop goth of the 80’s, it now flourishes with a great rock sound.

More polished than they were during their previous visit to Oakland when they opened for Interpol last year (read our review here), Rey Pila brought their distinct sound back to The Fox. The band’s onstage energy matched that of its latest album The Future Sugar, which was released in May. That is to say, the performance constantly kept your feet moving, while the music was sleek and hypnotic.

Rey Pila

Headlining the show, Brandon Flowers put on an amazing performance. Photos were not allowed during his set, so readers will need to imagine that The Killers lead singer was immaculately dressed as he sashayed with style and grace.

In the end though, Flowers sounded fantastic. While his solo stuff was fun to hear, the highlights, judging from the crowd, were The Killers songs that he played.

The show, as a whole, featured two jewels. Rey Pila remains uncut but wonderful, and Brandon Flowers is and always will be a precious gem.

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