Saloni Jaisingh | October 20, 2017
Over the course of three years, I have seen Bad Suns perform in a few environments: opening for The 1975 in the Spring of 2014, playing a packed room at Schubas Tavern in the Summer of 2014, performing in the middle of a GAP store on Michigan Avenue in the Fall of 2015, filling up the Old National Centre in Indianapolis in the Spring of 2017, and now delivering my favorite set of theirs to date right here at Metro in Chicago.
I arrived at the venue eager to see what awaits me on the Love Like Revenge Fall Tour. I entered just after their second openers, Hunny, had wrapped up their set and was met with a full audience patiently awaiting the arrival of Bad Suns. While making my way through the dense crowd and to the photo pit, I overheard the chatter of excited fans - many of them talking about set list expectations and reminiscing on the last time they saw Bad Suns. This prompted nostalgia from me as well, and I realized just how excited I was to see Bad Suns again.
At 9:30pm, the venue’s playlist was cut to silence and the crowd roared a cheer as Christo Bowman (vocals), Ray Libby (guitar), Miles Morris (drums), and Gavin Bennett (bass) took the stage. The crowd was ecstatic to hear the opening notes to “Disappear Here”, the self-titled track off the band’s latest album. Bowman belted the lyrics and the crowd echoed in unison.
Their twenty-song set featured an eclectic mix of songs off of Language & Perspective, their debut album, and their latest release, Disappear Here. It was a great surprise to hear “Twenty Years”, a song off of their 2014 EP, Transpose, included in the set as well - it has always been a favorite of mine. They accompanied each track with a unique composition of lighting and colors, expanding on their live performance experience.
The band’s vibrant act enticed the audience. Tracks such as “Dancing on Quicksand” and “Daft Pretty Boys” captivated the crowd and had everybody dancing to the California-pop melodies of Bad Suns. Bowman slowed down the vibe of the show with more reflective songs like "Maybe We're Meant to Be Alone" and “Defeated” followed by a stripped down version of the intro to “Matthew James” before he brought back the energy in the room to maximum levels. He expressed his love and appreciation for the audience a multitude of times and climbed on top of the crowd not once, but twice during the show.
It has been amazing to physically see the progression of Bad Suns through these past few years - watching them play on a bigger stage, performing to a bigger crowd, and with a bigger set juxtaposes the very first time I saw them. Their evolution in terms of music as well as stage performance was very refreshing, and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for this band. Get tickets to see them on the Love Like Revenge Fall Tour here.