Bad Suns at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA July 15th, 2016
The alternative rock four-set known as Bad Suns are no newcomers to the scene, nor are they new to playing in front of large audiences. They played at Coachella and Firefly in 2015 and will perform at Austin City Limits this year. They've also toured with established rock acts such as The Neighbourhood, New Politics, and now they're accompanying Halsey on her Badlands tour.
As I was chatting with the concert-goers that were pasted up against the barrier, they appeared to be just as excited about Bad Suns as they were for Halsey. When Bad Suns walked on stage, the crowd erupted with screams and cheers. With their follow up album to Language & Perspective being released on September 16th, the foursome gave the crowd a teaser by kicking off their set with "Disappear Here" and later on performed "Heartbreaker", a yet-to-be released single. They finished off their set with crowd favorites, "Salt" and "Cardiac Arrest". The entirety of their set people were swaying, dancing, and passionately belting out the lyrics. With two nights of sold out crowds waiting to see an indie pop princess, Bad Suns surely left an impression on anyone who hadn't been exposed to their music prior to the concert.
With all the members ages varying in their early twenties, Bad Suns seem to have their sound much more perfected than their fellow counterparts of a similar age. Language & Perspective was an incredibly well received debut album and their follow up will surely gain even more acclaim than their first effort. It's inspiring to watch these boys go from playing in a small venue in Santa Barbara (that maybe could hold a few hundred people) to playing one of Los Angeles' largest venues that can hold over 6,000 people. Bad Suns have rapidly climbed the charts and this upcoming year will surely be their year. Even though its immensely impressive that their debut album topped the charts at number 24 in 2014, I have full faith that we will not only see their album make it to the top 5 this year, but their singles will be on constant rotation this fall.
Photos and Words by Summer Dos Santos