The most captivating thing about seeing Cayetana play live is not hearing front-person Augusta Koch’s unique vocals, nor is it watching drummer Kelly Olsen’s passionate playing. The most captivating part is witnessing the three musicians’ energy on stage. Cayetana prided itself on being born of friendship, and their performance reflected that. The Philadelphia-based band played their last ever show as a ensemble at The Sinclair in Cambridge on August first. The punk trio announced in April that a run of three shows with fellow Philly-based musician Katie Ellen, would be their final shows for the foreseeable future.
The night opened with Boston’s own Lilith, who played an energetic set that channeled greats like That Dog or Rilo Kiley. Lead vocalist Hannah Liuzzo sang confidently and her high voice holds up perfectly over bassist Kelsey Francis’s background vocals. Their harmonies are a standout part of their performance and are reminiscent of ‘90s pop-rock music. Lilith offered a lively performance that got the audience excited for the rest of the night.
Katie Ellen followed Lilith, matching their energy and delivering an emotional performance. Katie Ellen is the second project of Anika Pyle and Dan Frelly, previously of Chumped. Pyle’s distinct vocals and expressive movements held the attention of the tightly-packed space. The group embodies Philadelphia rock with their high energy music and emotionally intimate lyrics.
By the end of their forty-five minute set, The Sinclair was full and ready for Cayetana’s final set.
The trio walked onto the stage to rapper Princess Nokia’s “Kitana,” and stole the attention of the room immediately. When not singing, Koch played her guitar facing bassist Allegra Anka, dancing and competitively playing towards them. From watching the three perform, it is clear the music they play is a culmination of each of their personalities. Koch sets the band apart with her vocals evocative of Dolores O’Riordan from The Cranberries. Her voice stands out, just as the melodic bass solos do. With the addition of Olsen’s enthusiast drumming, the group is mesmerizing to watch. Their engaged performance shows how they have grown since being formed in 2012 from just a pet project, to a force that has been loved by countless fans.
It is clear while watching these two bands perform, that they are a part of warm and supportive community, and one that is open to anyone who listens. While Cayetana kept saying how lucky they were for the support they have received for all these years, the Sinclair was overwhelmed with shouts of “thank you” from the crowd.
Although Cayetana was saying goodbye, this night showed that their connection with fans and influence on other bands will not be forgotten.
Feature Photo: Katie Ellen