A little over a hundred people lined up outside the sidewalk of the Stubb's-BBQ, known for their great food and music, to enter the intimate and sold-out BØRNS show. People passing the line begged for an extra ticket or wanted to pay three-times the amount of regular price, everyone was desperate to get in. While one would think the crowd awaiting BØRNS would resemble the fans of 1975, overly-excited girls aged 9-20, it surprised me to see a good variety of ages 20-50 and a balanced mix in gender. Nobody can escape the magnetic pull of Garrett Borns.
Seeing BØRNS perform gives one a sense of peace and a temporary break for the harsh reality outside of the venue.. His childish smirk, ethereal presence, and lilting voice accompanied by hopeless-romantic lyrics made him seem so vulnerable, as if the horrors of the world never fazed him and the same calmness transferred to the crowd.
The 5 musicians creating the music of BØRNS gave an enchanting show. Everyone onstage fed off of one another and when they weren’t absorbed in their own instruments, they were fixed on each other’s eyes. Well maybe not everyone felt the same way because during half the set a crowd-member from the balcony took Garrett by surprise when he yelled, “Do a magic trick!” The singer was perplexed by such a request then began reaching into his pockets only to say his dove was sleeping and was unable to pull flowers out from within himself so he’ll do his best to enchant with his voice, which he did.
Garrett said we were his attractive guinea pigs and wanted to try out new songs on the crowd. “4 sticks” strays from his normal dreamy songs and has a fast-tempo and gave everyone the jitters. Borns let us know what happens when the band gets ants in their pants. “Moon Age Hand Job” was a song to all of us, he said it was like we were all out on a huge date together.
What personally destroyed me is while I was standing on the far left-front row minding my own business, dancing and enjoying the experience, BØRNS decides to tell me in from of the entire crowd that my face was incredible. Previous to the show I was attending “Ditch The Fest,” a local record label hosts a festival for local-artists for those who don’t want to attend ACL and had a futuristic theme so I had a blue wig, green lipstick, and the top-half of my face was covered in liquid glitter called “cosmic violet.” He then had about a 30-second interaction with me telling me how wonderful I looked, how I did it, and asking where I got the glitter. After he stopped talking to me my friends had to ask if I was okay but I obviously was far from it. As if that wasn’t enough, when he was calling us attractive guinea pigs he said, “Attractive guinea pigs with sparkles in your eyes…sparkles on your face…her face…I love her face…her face,” as he motioned to me once again. I then chugged the rest of my drink to cope.
They performed all of their singles and previewed songs from the upcoming album set to release in October for their 11-song set. The hour was filled with magic and when he closed with Electric Love it’s as if we were all transported to a distant cosmic landscape together.
BØRNS’ name could be heard everywhere during SXSW, both his sets at ACL were filled with thousands of fans and his late-night ACL show sold out in 2 minutes. This otherworldly singer is going to make waves with his newest album and gain more followers with his headlining fall-tour. I paid over 40 for my re-sale ticket when they originally sold for 12 dollars since I knew seeing him at a super tiny venue like Stubbs’ indoors would likely never happen again because his popularity is going to skyrocket with his upcoming album release.