The Run Wild Tour made a stop at the Bottom Lounge in Chicago on October 10. Headlining this tour was Lydia, supporting their newest release, Run Wild. Supporting them were Seahaven, Turnover and the Technicolors. When I first saw the flyer for this tour, I was excited for the diversity of talent on the bill. It definitely did not disappoint.
Opening up the night were the Technicolors. The show started half an hour earlier than listed, so I ended up missing the first few songs of their set. But like the last few times I’ve seen them, the energy really kicked in towards the end of their set. “Hollywood” was the last song they played, and they took full advantage of the small stage.
Next up was Turnover. Their set was one I was particularly looking forward to because of their most recent release, Peripheral Vision. Turnover put out one of my favorite records of the year, so I was excited to see it played live. They began with “New Scream” and then went into “Dizzy On The Comedown.” Frontman Austin Getz repeatedly thanked the crowd for being there and seemed genuinely happy and thankful to see so many people watch their set. The crowd erupted when they began “I Would Hate You If I Could” which was an older song that was reworked and put on Peripheral Vision. They then played “Hello Euphoria,” “Humming” and ended with one of my favorite songs from the record and the first song on the tracklist, “Cutting My Fingers Off.”
Seahaven took the stage after Turnover. Seahaven took a turn from their previous releases when they put out Reverie Lagoon: Music For Escapism Only in 2014. When playing their old songs and their newer music together though, it was interesting. There were moments where the music was very fast paced and the newer songs slowed that energy down for a while until it went back up. They opened with “It’s Over” off of Winter Forever and then went into songs from Reverie Lagoon like “Flesh,” “Wild West Selfishness” and “Silhouette (Latin Skin).” They then went back to Winter Forever‘s “Black & White” and quickly went back into the melancholy of Reverie Lagoon‘s “Andreas,” which, interestingly enough, worked really well together. The ended with “Lost” and “Goodnight.” While the mix of their music was interesting and they sounded good, but they were just kind of there and that made their set the least memorable of the night.
Lydia took the stage last, and set the tone for their set with a starry LED backdrop. I’ve only seen Lydia once before a few years ago with the Maine, and I was indifferent about them; they were good, but they didn’t really stand out to me. Frontman Leighton Antelman is incredibly talented, and the band in its entirety impressed me so much more this time around. The band has been around for a while and their fans have definitely stuck around. The room was packed by the time Lydia got onstage and began with “Past Life.” As someone who had never really listened to Lydia before, I was intrigued by the middle of the opening song. There’s something about Lydia that really brings the listener in and puts them in some sort of trance. This was evident throughout their 19-song set. They played songs like “Hospital,” “Riverman” and “When It Gets Dark Out” which are popular songs off their new release, “This Is Twice Now,” “Coffee Drips,” “A Fine Evening For A Rogue,” and many more. They ended with “Late Nights” and “Assailants.” As I looked at the people around me while they played, I saw huge genuine smiles accompanying their singing and felt a sense of belonging. If Lydia can create this familiar feeling in a room full of strangers, I think I can say that they’ve been pretty successful. Overall, Lydia’s set was the most memorable of the night and next time they come to town, I’m definitely going to make it a point to go see them again.