Smallpools & Grayscale at Antone’s in Austin, TX

Smallpools and Grayscale are co-headlining on The Night Shift Tour and both brought their electric vibe to Antone’s Nightclub in Austin.

On the last night of the tour, kicking off the show was the first opener The Romance. They are New Jersey-born and are now based out of Los Angeles. Their style of music was post-punk rock and despite having a quick set, they packed a punch. They performed their song “Animal,” and closed with “I’m Not Crazy” their latest single release that came out in April of this year.

Following The Romance was singer-songwriter Caroline Romano. Her beautiful heartbreaking lyrics mesmerized the crowd. She sang some of her singles including “girl in a china shop,” and “Tell Her I Said Hi.” Caroline told the crowd this was her first time touring but, to be honest, she looked natural and relaxed. Before revealing, no one would have guessed she was a beginner by the way she commanded the stage. She just released a new single “Doesn’t Matter” at the beginning of this month.

Carrying on the night was co-headliner Grayscale from Philadelphia. The crew has been making music together since 2011. The four members are made up of Colin Walsh (vocals), Andrew Kyne (guitar), Dallas Molster (guitar), and Nick Veno (drums). They opened their set with “Just Right” from their 2019 album release Nella Vita. They got through most of their set before Walsh took a second to thank the openers and their crew. He told a quick story about how their bus kept breaking down and if not for their crew they wouldn’t have made it to Austin. Toward the end of their set, they performed other songs such as “Forever Yours” and “Fever Dream” both from their 2017 album Adornment. They finished their show with “Not Afraid to Die.”

At about 9:20 PM, the final band of the night, Smallpools, took to the stage. Smallpools has seen lots of commercial success and has had songs featured in video games and even an advertisement for Snapchat. This tour wasn’t their first rodeo and the audience could tell by their visible ease in front of the crowd. They opened the show with their 2023 single, “Nightshift.” They played a few more originals such as “Fake a Happy Face!” and “Over & Over.” 

About mid-set, Caroline Romano came back out to join the band to perform a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Everywhere.” After she left, they performed a mashup of their song “Simulation” and Tears for Fears’ classic “Everybody Wants to Rule the World.” As their set came to a close, they played “Million Bucks” from their 2017 EP THE SCIENCE OF LETTING GO, and closed the night with “Dreaming” from their album Lovetap! They reiterated regularly throughout the night, that this was the final show on the Nightshift Tour, so to see a show you’ll have to catch them next time.

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Lauryn is a student studying Mass Media and minoring in Digital Film and Photography at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, Arkansas. She finds her comfort in photography and creating stories out of still images. As being born and raised in the south, country music will always hold a dear place in her heart. If Lauryn is not attending a concert, she is probably trying to catch up on all the school work she put off in order to go to the show.