On March 10, singer-songwriter Jeremy Zucker held a mini-concert at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo to perform his hit songs with Spill Tab. Best known for his Platinum-Certified records “comethru” and “you were good to me,” Zucker has built a dedicated fanbase through his deep, honest, and relatable lyrics. The 27-year-old was born in New Jersey and gained recognition through Vine when one of his songs went viral. He performed at Cal Poly after being invited by Associated Students Inc. Events (ASI). When I saw the announcement for this event, I knew I had to be in the crowd. If you weren’t able to make the show, I put together a little recap to help fill you in.
The wait to get into the venue began at 3 p.m. even though the doors opened at 6 p.m. Hundreds of people snaked around the Multi-Activity Center (MAC), wanting to get the best seats possible. Once in the main gym, the students gathered around the stage, eagerly watching people move equipment onstage and testing the lights.
French-Korean singer-songwriter, Spill Tab, kicked off the night by performing her song “Grade A.” She noted that this was her first performance of the year and gave the audience a sneak peek of an unreleased song. Claire Chicha, or Spill Tab, is known for her lo-fi vocals and sound, as seen in her songs “CRÈME BRÛLÉE!” and “Velcro.” She is based in Los Angeles and started gaining traction during the pandemic, with people liking her bedroom pop sound. She went out with a bang by singing her most popular song “Cotton Candy”, which has 16 million streams on Spotify.
Finally, it was time for the main event! The crowd had nervous-excited energy, not knowing when Zucker would come onstage. A little over 15 minutes past the 8 PM start time, Zucker came out in his dark brown hoodie, his sleeves partially covering his hands.
“Make some fucking noise!”
The crowd screamed as the purple and yellow lights created flowers on the high ceiling of the gymnasium. The bass reverberated off the walls and one could feel the vibration in their body. Now close your eyes and imagine this set list:
“Therapist”, “all the kids are depressed”, “always”, “I’ll care”, “you were good to me”, “comethru”, “internet crush”, “somebody loves you”, “talking is overrated”, “18”, and “supercuts”. This compilation really highlighted his range both lyrically and sonically. He joked with the audience about his song choices, saying that he was “taking them on a rollercoaster of emotions.”
Zucker made sure to give the audience context of what his next song was about before he performed it. When explaining his most popular song “comethru,” he revealed that a girl telling him to “come through” is his ick when dating. He performed an unreleased song called “Okay” and warned the audience that if it sounds bad, its because it was one of their first times performing it. It was a chill song that had similar voice distortion elements of “Migraine” by twenty one pilots but with “newbury park” by Lexi Jayde vibes.
The audience loved it and Zucker gave credit to his brother on guitar and his drummer. For his last song “supercuts,” he told the audience in the bleachers to get up and jump around. By that time, the smell of sweat filled the air as many bodies gathered on the floor. Zucker thanked the audience for coming out during the rain and left the stage. Soon after, the audience dispersed and the once-filled Cal Poly gym became desolate as the stage lights turned off.
Zucker will be going on the “Bleed for You” tour with The Kid Laroi starting March 22. He will be the opening act until the end of the tour on May 3. If there is a chance to check him out in a city near you, I would take it!