REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY: ALLEEN HUGHES
Want to know where the best place to be on Saturday March 18th was? At The Observatory (Orange County) in Santa Ana for a sold out night with Dance Gavin Dance, CHON, Eidola, and Vasudeva on "The Robot With Human Hair vs. CHONzilla Tour". I am a big fan of all of these bands but my heart belonged to Eidola that night. Seeing them on this package was what drew me in. Having seen them play in small venues, I wanted to hear their full potential in a venue that has a clean and crisp sound system that allows them to properly showcase their music.
Starting into their set it was nice to hear people behind me singing along and cheering for the band from Salt Lake City, UT. Vocalist, Andrew Wells, immediately starts out with a stage presence and excitment, that while I was photographing them he kept reminding me of Anthony Green. Having that energy while singing lets out those true emotions in the lyrics. Making their set entrance even better was they opened up with one of my favorites, ‘Traversing Through the House of Delphi’ off their 2015 album “Degeneraterra.”
Getting everyone prepped for CHON and Dance Gavin Dance, Andrew got the crowd to let out a few cheers for the headliners of this tour. But also made sure some love was shown for the openers Vasudeva as well. Although a lot of people were there to see DGD and CHON, people still yelled out from the crowd “We’re here to see you too!”
Eidola has a new album coming out this May titled “To Speak, To Listen” via Blue Swan Records. They played a few songs off it and shows that sound I love about Eidola is stronger than before. Heavier screams, cleaner and more soothing harmonies all on top of pedal filled frenetic guitar riffs. The rest of this album is definitely going to be on our top 10 albums of the year.
Continuing through their set with favorites such as “Omni: First Temple,” Ediola certainly set the fun, ambient, and care free environment for the remaining acts to come. With more people moving around in the pit area and more people cheering, Eidola increased their fan based on this night by showing everyone they deserve that spot on that stage alongside the big names, Dance Gavin Dance and CHON.
All in all for the night I’m glad I was able to make it in for this event. My goal for the night wasn’t so much based on how my photos turned out but more focused on really tuning into Eidola in that setting, like I said previously, one that showcases their music to its full potential. Unfortunately, this was the second to last night of the tour and this lineup came to an end the following night in Sacramento, CA.
If you missed this tour and would like to see Eidola live, they will be heading out on a short run with Kurt Travis and Amarionette starting tomorrow in Fresno and also at the following dates and venues including So What?! Music Festival in Texas:
03/21: Fresno, CA @ Strummers
03/22: Fullerton, CA @ SlideBar
03/23: Riverside, CA @ Clash City Station
03/24: Tempe, AZ @ 51 West
03/25: Albuquerque, NM @ The Coop
03/26: Grand Prairie, TX @ So What?! Music Festival
03/28: El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls Upstairs
03/29: Flagstaff, AZ @ The Hive
03/30: Las Vegas, NV @ Eagle Hall