Band members Christo Bowman (vocals, guitar), Ray Libby (guitar), Miles Morris (drum) and Gavin Bennett (bass) played to a sold out crowd at the Santa Ana Observatory, a feat the young band did not take for granted.
“God damn, Santa Ana,” said an astounded Bowman
In between an album release (“Language and Perspective,” July, 2014) and a US tour, the band has made a huge leap forward in just a year’s time by selling out The Observatory.
By the time Bad Suns took the stage, many fans had already been waiting hours in line to see them, and were more than ready to see them perform.
Each member moved with waves on stage and had his own persona. Libby, Morris and Bennett crooned on point with a quiet and mysterious demeanor, while Bowman danced on stage, ceremonially took off his jacket to show off his tattoos and played the machismo love interest to his adoring fans.
Behind Bowman’s piercing blue eyes lie a clever lyricist whose words were echoed in The Observatory and sung back to him by the entire audience.
The band played many songs off their debut album, and gave longtime fans a special treat by playing an older favorite.
The night ended with “Salt,” a well-spoken song about gender identity – Bowman had one more word to say with his fans.
“If any of you think you can fucking out dance me, go ahead and try.”
While Bad Suns were the headliner, there was no lack of love for opening acts Hunny and Coasts, who had their fair share of adoration last night. The two bands sauntered and strutted on stage with ease and deliberation, giving way for a very crazed fan base. Their performances, though short, left a sultry impression on their audience.
As for Bad Suns, the band is making a name for themselves, and last night’s performance was one more testament to their talent.
Take My Love and Run
Dancing On Quicksand
Learn to Trust
We Move Like the Ocean