Phoenix was taken by storm Jan. 29 by the ‘”Apocalypse Whenever” tour, headlined by Bad Suns. With an out-of-this-world roster, the Van Buren resumed a bit of normalcy and was engulfed in nothing but good vibes and positivity, experienced by all in attendance. Setting the stage for the “Apocalypse Whenever” tour was Little Image. The Dallas indie trio features Jackson Simmons on vocals, Troy Bruner on drums, and Brandon Walters on keys and bass. The group radiates warmth, filling the venue with spacious, ambient instrumentation. With a From Indian Lakes influence, the crowd was immediately perplexed by the uniqueness and individuality provided through their tracks such as Bottles, and Cardboard Box Spaceship. The music seamlessly blends themes such as youthful innocence with spiritual ideologies and the painful realities of life. The falsetto and precision portrayed by the vocalist, Jackson Simmons, offer listeners raw emotion while engulfing you with every word and message the band aims to deliver.
Next, the stage was graced by Kid Bloom. With a psychedelic indie feel, Kid Bloom is perfect for those listeners who enjoy music that has a pulsating, gritty feel, in the best way. Saturated with ’80s synth and smooth instrumentals, this funky sound is complemented with the suave voice of frontman, Lennon Kloser. Alongside Lennon, the group features Jesse Perlman on vocals and guitar, Josh Conway on drums and vocals, Alex Canter on keys, and Brad Bowers on bass. The group highlighted their songs such as “I Kissed A Girl, And She Kissed Me” which sets listeners off with a quirky, emotional feel while featuring other tracks such as a vibey, ’70s nostalgic feel, titled “Electric You.” The group set the stage for the final act flawlessly, increasing the intensity and positivity to such a degree that you could see the smiles and swaying bodies all through the theatre.
The Los Angeles-based band, Bad Suns kicked off the second night of their headlining tour, ‘Apocalypse Whenever’, at the Van Buren here in Phoenix. Through a mix of storytelling, echoing pride of their fourth studio album which was released just one day earlier, and the excitement of the tour just beginning, the crowd was immediately transfixed with the contagious excitement surrounding the quartet. With Christo Bowman on vocals, Miles Morris on drums, Ray Libby on guitar, and Gavin Bennett on bass, Bad Suns radiated passion as they performed both recent releases such as Baby Blue Shades alongside hits from past albums, including Disappear Here.
Though it was a chilly night here in Arizona, the ambiance rapidly transformed to a feeling of summery nostalgia as bodies began moving and swaying with the upbeat tunes with an inevitable desire to dance around the room. The setlist truly highlighted exceptional stage presence and served as a means for the band to not only share the beauty of their new album but indulge die-hard fans with songs from the past.
Upon taking the stage, the room was claimed as theirs. Bad Suns conducted the room beautifully, with intimate moments flurried throughout. The band incorporated their trademark sound with dreamy ‘80’s type synthesizers, high rhythmic energy, and pulsing beats that seem to catch your heartbeat as the show continues, complemented by textured vocals.
The album includes a unique alternative-rock basis, mixed with a coronavirus-informed narrative. This menagerie of a blend provided a few moments of introspection through both lyrics and catchy hooks that follow suit of the one-of-a-kind style and chaotic harmony that Bad Suns fans have grown to know love through their past few works. With a mix of creamy acoustics and high-energy new songs, the show was nothing short of magic for all in attendance.