Walking up the stairs inside Urban Outfitters at Planet Hollywood, I can already hear the mellow, chilling electronics of Vegas duo Details. At the top, a crowd of family and friends has gathered, and shoppers pause to hear the band’s hazy synth-pop.
The pair face some technical difficulties at first; Tamara Nocom’s drum pads aren’t working, but she and multi-instrumentalist John Lloyd press on like pros. Tonight marks just their second performance (the previous gig was a house show), and playing on the Strip can be intimidating for any band. Still, Details seems to understand that you’ve got to start somewhere, and they aren’t afraid to take some risks. “We’ve both been playing music for a really long time,” says Nocom, who also handles vocals. “I’ve been drumming since I was 11.”
Teaming up in April 2014, Lloyd and Nocom spent last summer and fall working on debut EP Matter (available at detailsband.com). It conjures up comparisons to Purity Ring and The xx, an impressive piece of work from two new-on-the-scene 21-year-olds. “Everything’s gonna be okay/Oh, it’s been a long day/Oh, the night is young,” Nocom croons coolly on “Long Day,” her vocals gliding across Lloyd’s glitchy, dark dream-pop melodies.
Live, Details’ homemade projections—swirling pastel hues and ambient lights—provide an even greater sensory experience. Nocom and Lloyd have already honed in on their creative chemistry, now it’s just a matter of refining the live show. If Details can work out the kinks, they could easily become one of the city’s need-to-know bands.