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Bad Suns turn Brooklyn Steel into a house party, complete with balloons and crowd surfing (with Carlie Hanson)

Whenever an L.A. band rolls into town, I get a strong urge to go and see them perform. It’s like a part of me desires the connection in order to curb the homesickness I occasionally get. Los Angeles natives, Bad Suns, performed at Brooklyn Steel in New York last Thursday. They began touring early this April to promote their new record, Mystic Truth, which was released on March 22. What was so great about the show was the energy that was radiated from the stage. I felt like I was at home.

The night began with the opening performance by Carlie Hanson. I was surprised by Carlie’s energy and confidence. She radiated with excitement and power. Overall, I really enjoyed her performance. It was refreshing to see someone so comfortable expressing themselves in front of so many people.

Bad Suns took the stage promptly at 9:15 pm. The moment the lights went on, there was an explosion of color and sound. Red and blue balloons came flying from the front row. I felt like I was in a movie, a true production with high drama and high energy. After the first part of the set concluded, Christo Bowman (lead singer) paused in between songs to explain how a year ago the band was in a bit of a crisis. He mentioned that only half of the record was finished at that point, and how he decided to travel to New York for inspiration. The first song that came out of his extended stay in New York was Love By Mistake. After that moment, the band opened up a bit more, and it felt as if the room had exhaled a breath.

There were several other moments throughout their set that caught my attention. Leading up to the performance of Outskirts Of Paradise, there was a buildup of emotionally charged, high-energy songs including Rearview and Darkness Arrives (And Departs). Bowman introduced Outskirts Of Paradise by saying, “We’re going to play a song about the place we come from,” which sent chills up my spine and made me smile so wide I probably looked crazy. “An ephemeral sense of space and time / A familiar face, a pulse that escalates,” Bowman sang as my homesickness slowly began to disappear.

The last song of the night was One Magic Moment. Bowman made his way off stage to the barrier. He sang to members of the crowd passionately, grabbing their hands as he stood up to see the crowd. During the last moments of the song, he carefully stepped over the barrier and was raised up by the fans in the first few rows. I have never witnessed a “crowd surf,” or I guess in this case “crowd lifting” as graceful or as smooth. Although the band’s performance was extremely polished and seamless, it still felt authentic and unpretentious. The performance itself was a mystic truth, filled with honest, raw emotion. Bad Suns continue to tour through May, finishing up in their home city Los Angeles on May 11th.

Bad Suns

Carlie Hanson

Pamela Wang
Pamela Wang is a photographer/writer from Los Angeles, CA currently based in Brooklyn, NY. Find more information about her and her work at pamelawwang.com and facebook.com/pwwphotography.

Bad Suns turn Brooklyn Steel into a house party, complete with balloons and crowd surfing (with Carlie Hanson)

Whenever an L.A. band rolls into town, I get a strong urge to go and see them perform. It’s like a part of me desires the connection in order to curb the homesickness I occasionally get. Los Angeles natives, Bad Suns, performed at Brooklyn Steel in New York last Thursday. They began touring early this April to promote their new record, Mystic Truth, which was released on March 22. What was so great about the show was the energy that was radiated from the stage. I felt like I was at home.

The night began with the opening performance by Carlie Hanson. I was surprised by Carlie’s energy and confidence. She radiated with excitement and power. Overall, I really enjoyed her performance. It was refreshing to see someone so comfortable expressing themselves in front of so many people.

Bad Suns took the stage promptly at 9:15 pm. The moment the lights went on, there was an explosion of color and sound. Red and blue balloons came flying from the front row. I felt like I was in a movie, a true production with high drama and high energy. After the first part of the set concluded, Christo Bowman (lead singer) paused in between songs to explain how a year ago the band was in a bit of a crisis. He mentioned that only half of the record was finished at that point, and how he decided to travel to New York for inspiration. The first song that came out of his extended stay in New York was Love By Mistake. After that moment, the band opened up a bit more, and it felt as if the room had exhaled a breath.

There were several other moments throughout their set that caught my attention. Leading up to the performance of Outskirts Of Paradise, there was a buildup of emotionally charged, high-energy songs including Rearview and Darkness Arrives (And Departs). Bowman introduced Outskirts Of Paradise by saying, “We’re going to play a song about the place we come from,” which sent chills up my spine and made me smile so wide I probably looked crazy. “An ephemeral sense of space and time / A familiar face, a pulse that escalates,” Bowman sang as my homesickness slowly began to disappear.

The last song of the night was One Magic Moment. Bowman made his way off stage to the barrier. He sang to members of the crowd passionately, grabbing their hands as he stood up to see the crowd. During the last moments of the song, he carefully stepped over the barrier and was raised up by the fans in the first few rows. I have never witnessed a “crowd surf,” or I guess in this case “crowd lifting” as graceful or as smooth. Although the band’s performance was extremely polished and seamless, it still felt authentic and unpretentious. The performance itself was a mystic truth, filled with honest, raw emotion. Bad Suns continue to tour through May, finishing up in their home city Los Angeles on May 11th.

Bad Suns

Carlie Hanson

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