Bad Suns played a triumphant hometown show on Friday night at the Fonda Theatre in support of their second album “Disappear Here,” released last fall.
As the band alternated between songs from that album and their 2014 debut “Language & Perspective,” frontman Christo Bowman took time out to ask how many in the sold-out venue had seen Bad Suns before (a great number of hands shot up in the air) and then welcomed the newcomers. He walked atop the crowd late in the set, the main part of which closed with the quartet’s first single, “Cardiac Arrest.” They returned for an encore, with Bowman saying “I hope you guys saved some room for dessert.” The fans cheered that they had, and Bad Suns, who recently added another show at the Fonda next Friday, finished with “Rearview,” “Heartbreaker” and “Salt.”
Hunny preceded the headliners with an intense but frolicsome set that included songs off their new EP,”Windows I” — and a version of 2015’s “Cry for Me” during which Jason Yarger interspersed bits of Eifeel 65’s 1995 hit “Blue (Da Ba Dee),” Third Eye Blind’s “Jumper” and Smash Mouth’s “All Star.”
Field Medic opened the night with a mostly acoustic set, having a boombox as his drums.
Bad Suns setlist: Disappear Here, Love Like Revenge, Take My Love and Run, Patience, Even In My Dreams I Can’t Win, Dancing On Quicksand, Sleep Paralysis, Daft Pretty Boys, Transpose, Swimming In the Moonlight, We Move Like the Ocean, Violet, 20 Years, Off She Goes, Maybe We’re Meant To Be Alone, Outskirts of Paradise, Cardiac Arrest. Encore: Rearview, Heartbreaker, Salt
||| Live: Bad Suns return to the Fonda next Friday night, June 23, with The Chain Gang of 1974 and The Marias opening. Tickets.
Photos by Jessica Hanley