By Fredy Ramirez
Despite the mid-day heat, a crowd of more than 40 people showed up to support the indie band Minimall at the University Park stage during U-Rock on Nov. 10.
Minimall maintained an upbeat energy and excitement while playing their original songs. The band performed with such unity that it seemed as if the band had been playing together for years.
Steven Venegas, a third-year aerospace student, said he enjoyed “the chemistry the band has” and the “unique way they harmonize.”
The members learned to harmonize their vocal parts from years of choir practice where most of them first met. The band started out playing cover songs to develop their techniques and began to produce some original tracks within the last couple of months.
While most bands feature a lead singer who monopolizes the voice parts, every single member of the band contributed vocals at some point during the performance in at least one of their songs.
Minimall performed their song “Orpheus,” which includes the vocals of most of the band members including the drummer. “Orpheus” is a duet with a lyrical emphasis of moving on laid over a somewhat upbeat, melodic tune and featuring various harmony parts built together from the band’s members.
Another instance where Minimall demonstrated their harmonizing vocals was when they played their song “Full Moon.” The backing “ooh’s” and “aah’s” were in full effect during the chorus.
“Full Moon” is an upbeat song with a lyrical emphasis on hope. The intro was composed to emphasize the lyrics “and you are the garden that I’ve long been looking for.” It is a cleverly written song that embodies the sound of the band.
One attendee, Leslie Radillo, a first-year apparel merchandising and management student, said she “thinks she found her new favorite band” because of their “unique sound.”
The unique sound Radillo referred to is derived from the various harmony parts featured in the band’s vocals. Most bands feature one or two singers, but several members of Minimall possess the skills to contribute to the singing parts.
Sonia Ohan is a second-year music student at Cal Poly Pomona and one of the five band members of Minimall. She expressed excitement at being able to play a show on campus.
“I really like being able to play for my peers,” said Ohan. “They were all super supportive.”
Throughout the performance, those in attendance and even those passing through could be heard shouting words of encouragement to the band as they performed. This energy translated into the band’s performance.
Fredy Ramirez / The Poly Post
Minimall an all female-fronted band playing during U-hour
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