In Review: Almost Monday Lights Up Constellation Room – Serving the Fullerton Community Since 1922

Santa Ana, Calif. – If you’ve been looking for a new band, the people of San Diego deliver vibrant pop sound almost Monday that will refresh your playlists.

The trio consists of vocalist Dawson Daugherty, bassist Luke Fabry and guitarist Cole Clisby. Their music sounds like it could be the soundtrack of the summer. Each song has catchy lyrics and funky electro-pop beats.

Lead singer Dawson Daugherty points to a fan during his show at the Constellation Room in Santa Ana on February 17, 2022. Photo credit: Gigi Gradillas

While now might be the time to hear their music, don’t be fooled into calling them newcomers to the scene. The band has just started their tour which will take them to Northern California, Utah, Arizona, Texas and will end in San Diego at the beginning of March.

Plus, they have a list of festivals they play at like Summerfest, Innings, and The Governors Ball alongside artists like Kid Cudi, Halsey, and J. Cole. The trio even opened for Foster the People in 2018 for their Sacred Hearts Club show, which was a series of free concerts hosted by Foster the People in small venues featuring covers and local music.

Foster the People are one of the many bands that almost inspire Monday, which is only fitting since The Knocks, who are known to work with Mark Foster on various songs, have remixed their “pretty cool” song. Songs like “broken people” also have very strong allusions to the funky pop sounds of Foster the People. Other musicians who inspired Almost Monday are David Bowie, Prince and the late duo Her’s.

“We’re just making music that hopefully resonates with everyone,” Daugherty said.

The San Diego band played Almost Monday at the Constellation Room in Santa Ana on February 17, 2022.

The San Diego band will play Almost Monday at the Constellation Room in Santa Ana on February 17, 2022. Photo credit: Gigi Gradillas

At their tour kick-off show at The Observatory, Almost Monday played a few new songs for their young audience. “Sunburn” featured Daughtery playing guitar, which he told the audience was his first time performing on a show. The new song “Cough Drop”, which was also dropped, has a bassline that sounds like 2006 Arctic Monkeys.

The audience was energetic and jumping throughout the nearly 40 minute set. The band engaged with the audience between songs, even swapping sunglasses with a fan for a while. The whole band had a great stage presence which was reflected in their playing.

“I feel like going to a gig, and just seeing, like, a band physically playing in front of you, it kind of stays with you forever,” Clisby said, “It’s cool to be able to, like, to be that experience for someone.”

Luke Fabry plays bass during the Almost Monday show at the Constellation Room in Santa Ana on February 17, 2021.

Luke Fabry plays bass during the Almost Monday show at the Constellation Room in Santa Ana on February 17, 2021. Photo credit: Gigi Gradillas

The group intends to continue writing, releasing more music and pairing it with visuals this year, according to Fabry.

Almost Monday songs line up perfectly with weekend and holiday sounds. Their music is a great soundtrack for the next time you road trip to their hometown of San Diego, which is only about two hours from Fullerton College.


(She/She) Gigi is a journalism major from La Habra, California. She is an avid concertgoer and enjoys listening to crime podcasts.

Author: Gigi Gradillas

(She/She) Gigi is a journalism major from La Habra, California. She is an avid concertgoer and enjoys listening to crime podcasts.

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