Joywave & Sir Sly @ The Observatory – 11/16/2018
Joining forces on a co-headling fall tour, indie rockers Joywave and Sir Sly finished up their 2-month string of shows with a trio of SoCal shows that included a SOLD-OUT show at the Observatory in Santa Ana on Friday, November 16th. There is definite crossover appeal for both bands, each has a rabid cult following so this particular pairing made perfect sense during the 22 dates that saw them criss-cross the United States.
Prior to the tour kickoff, Joywave lead singer Daniel Armbruster joked “We spent quite a bit of time this past year on the road having some of the largest acts in music close for us… using a ‘tour generator’ website, we were assigned a co-headline tour with Sir Sly.” To which Sir Sly’s frontman Landon Jacobs replied with “It’s been an extremely enjoyable year for us and we were under the impression that we were the biggest band in the world. After talking to our managers, turns out we’re the exact same size size as Joywave—which is pretty exciting too.”
The tour, playfully titled “Joywave & Sir Sly Present: An Evening with Sir Sly & Joywave” saw Joywave draw the opening act this evening—possibly due in part to natural draw or that this served practically as a hometown show for Sir Sly. Nevertheless, the boys from Rochester, NY wasted no time this evening—opening with “Blastoffff” underneath a healthy dose of purple lighting. Daniel Armbruster, the face of the band might be a tad quirky looking (in some individual’s eyes) to front a rock band but his overall confidence and vocal range makes him an endearing favorite.
Armbruster is always hustlin’—commanding the entire stage throughout, the band tore through 13 songs that also included “Something New” and “It’s A Trip” in the first half of their hour long run. Saving the best for last, a trio of fan favorites closed the set. “Doubt”, the biggest single off their 2017 release Content is always a hit live. Always a late set favorite, “Tongues” led directly into “Destruction”, a raucous and aggressive song that perfectly completed their set.
Sir Sly, the upstart three-piece band from LA continues to use the road and a constant touring schedule to increase their well-deserved popularity. They spent the summer on a co-headline tour with K. Flay and took little time off prior to jumping back into shows with Joywave. With a glowing brain and a few spotlights serving as props, “Welcome The Pressure” and “Gold” kicked off what would become a high energy 11 song set.
A staple on SiriusXM’s Alt Nation channel, the band (formed in 2013) had the floor bouncing throughout but most notably on the set’s final two songs—“High” and “&Run”, easily the bands’ biggest hits to date. With vocalist Landon Jacobs trashing around the stage and instigating a flurry of high handclaps from the capacity crowd, “&Run” was given a lengthy extended version—finishing off the evening properly.
Both bands will finish up 2018 with a handful of one-off shows outside of SoCal but expect these Alt-indie bands to be back on the road in 2019.
Sir Sly Setlist:
Welcome The Pressure | Gold | Fun | Altar | Trippin’ | Astronaut | 2am | Ghost | Oh Mama | High | &Run
Blastoffff | Somebody New | It’s A Trip! | Obsession | Nice House | Traveling At The Speed Of Light | Little Lies You Told | Now | Let’s Talk About Feelings | Shutdown | Doubt | Tongues | Destruction
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