Photography + Review: The Japanese House and quinnie

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The Japanese House has taken over the world in the past few years and shows no signs of stopping soon. After their 2019 release, “Good at Falling,” The Japanese House has continually sold out venues across the country – they even opened for labelmates and co-producers The 1975 in 2019. Fast-forwarding through the pandemic and then some, The Japanese House returned with the release of their 2023 album, “In The End It Always Does.” The final stop of this tour in support of the album was their biggest show ever – a sold-out show at Boston’s 3500 capacity venue, Roadrunner.

Opening for The Japanese House on this tour was quinnie, a folk three-piece. We were floored by their performance. The trio came out and featured dueling 12-string guitars the whole set while quinnie sang her heart out. On top of the stunning live sound, quinnie hung out at the merch after her set, meeting fans all night.

After a 45-minute set from quinnie, The Japanese House took the stage and jumped right into “Sad to Breathe.” In seconds, the whole audience was dancing and singing along. Putting the megahit from their new album, “Touching Yourself,” at track two in their set was a bold move but hit especially hard after the isolation of the past few years. While their last tour was in support of their latest full-length, The Japanese House’s 2020 pandemic EP, “Chewing Cotton,” was given adequate time in the spotlight and played in full as well. Moving towards the end of the show, The Japanese House pulled out fan favorites from “Good at Falling” with “Worms” and “Maybe You’re the Reason.” Just after the 90-minute mark, they wrapped up their set with “Dionne” (sadly no Justin Vernon feature live) and walked off stage for a brief interlude. They returned for a two-song encore of “One for sorrow, two for Joni Jones” and “Sunshine Baby.”

While we’d usually say “grab tickets while you still can,” this tour is now over! Keep your eyes peeled, though, as they did mention being back very soon. We were lucky to have our photographer Kyle capture the night in Boston – check out his pictures below!


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