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Bad Suns and The Chain Gang of 1974 play a riff-heavy late-night show at The Fonda Theatre

It’s a Friday night and the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles is sold out and packed with all types of people eager to see Bad Suns. Now picture that, but two nights in two weeks.

The second night of Bad Suns’ LA date of the “Outskirts of Paradise” tour began as opener The Chain Gang of 1974 celebrated the release of their latest album FELT. FELT leads towards a softer sound, and steps away from Chain Gang’s heavier and grungier past releases. In this case, the flowers on stage and on the album cover speak for themselves. Their hour-long set ended with “Wallflowers” — mine, and evidently the crowd’s, favorite single off of the new record.

As the curtains close and the crowd awaits, I can hear chatter from fans at the front row discussing their excitement to see Bad Suns. At 11PM sharp, the band hits the stage with “Disappear Here,” and the familiar distorted guitar riffs fill the air.

Bad Suns are reminiscent of late 70’s/early 90’s rock music, and that’s just part of what makes them special. Ever since the release of their debut Language & Perspective in 2014, the band has been on the rise, performing headlining across the nation, opening for stellar bands like The 1975, and playing Coachella in 2015.

Bad Suns

The Chain Gang of 1974

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Bad Suns and The Chain Gang of 1974 play a riff-heavy late-night show at The Fonda Theatre

It’s a Friday night and the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles is sold out and packed with all types of people eager to see Bad Suns. Now picture that, but two nights in two weeks.

The second night of Bad Suns’ LA date of the “Outskirts of Paradise” tour began as opener The Chain Gang of 1974 celebrated the release of their latest album FELT. FELT leads towards a softer sound, and steps away from Chain Gang’s heavier and grungier past releases. In this case, the flowers on stage and on the album cover speak for themselves. Their hour-long set ended with “Wallflowers” — mine, and evidently the crowd’s, favorite single off of the new record.

As the curtains close and the crowd awaits, I can hear chatter from fans at the front row discussing their excitement to see Bad Suns. At 11PM sharp, the band hits the stage with “Disappear Here,” and the familiar distorted guitar riffs fill the air.

Bad Suns are reminiscent of late 70’s/early 90’s rock music, and that’s just part of what makes them special. Ever since the release of their debut Language & Perspective in 2014, the band has been on the rise, performing headlining across the nation, opening for stellar bands like The 1975, and playing Coachella in 2015.

Bad Suns

The Chain Gang of 1974

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