Melanie Martinez at The Blind Tiger
With her debut album “Cry Baby” released on August 14, Melanie Martinez, only 20, is not lacking in diehard fans. Sunday night the Blind Tiger in Greensboro was packed with 500 tickets sold, their capacity for the Handsome Ghost and Melanie Martinez show. The three men of Handsome Ghost opened the show with their mellow Indie Pop music. ‘You’re so hot!’ May have been yelled from some of the girls in the crowd.Chanting started, phones were at the ready, and Snapchat was on stand-by. Anyone outside the generation Z crowd was seeing firsthand the impact of social media and extreme documentation. As a fan of Martinez, there was definitely a moment were I was happy to be born on the cusp of social media and being present in the moment.Martinez’s taunts the appeal of a skewed childhood with her songs. Her entire album hits hard with thought provoking meaning between the pink bows and cotton candy colored hair. Her singles might actually be an anthem for the misfits of Generation X and Z. Her lyrics cover a cohort of topics such as superficial beauty, broken homes, infidelity, drug abuse, depression, relationships, and sex.
Three young fans repeatedly defied the tall tattooed bouncer trying to get a sneak peek on the side of the stage. One donned a “Cry Baby” self-made shirt, removed the shirt and asked the bouncer to pass the gift along to Martinez. After clearing it with stage directors, the three young fans were able to stand right beside the stage with a clear view of Martinez the rest of the night. Seeing their happiness and expression for liking something “different” gave me hope that maybe these younger generations are onto something. Martinez radiates self-expression and uniqueness, being unapologetically different, not a bad moral to pass on through her high energy show.