Death of a Tour, showcasing Nova Twins, Royal and the Serpent, and Grandson made a stop in Chicago's SOLD OUT Bottom Lounge on April 3rd.
All the way from London, England, Nova Twins gave the crowd some great opening energy. The thunderous rock duo opened up their set with one of their newer songs "Antagonist" quickly followed by "Wave". Despite only playing seven songs, Nova Twins did a very solid job as the opening act and could easily be playing longer sets as headliners themselves. Their set was finished off with their furusitc sounding song, "Taxi".
Ryan Santiago, professionally known as Royal & the Serpent (RATS), was direct support for this tour, and for good reason. RATS' lyrical themes seemed to resonate with the crowd, as they sang along to songs expressing their battles with depression and anxiety like songs "I Can't Get High" and "Better". Royal & the Serpent gave the fans a treat, covering "Mr. Brightside" by The Killers and finished off the set with her viral song "Overwhelmed".
The first city to sell out Grandson's Death of a Tour, was Chicago, so this one was extra special. Jordan Benjamin, AKA Grandson opened up his show with the ever so powerful song "6:00" other hits included his recently released song "Kult" and "Rain" before Grandson walked off stage and changed out of his HEADCOUNT shirt and into a suit and tie, becoming his alter ego, X. Grandson noticed three fans in the crowd dressed up and wearing masks of him, his guitarist Ramon, and drummer David. He decided to bring them onstage for them to show off their awesome attire. The crowd at the Bottom Lounge was high on energy, with moshpits in the middle and everyone else screaming out loud with their hands in the air, not one body stood still. After the song "Stick Up" Grandson and the band left the stage but left the fans wanting more. Chants from the "grandkids" as the fanbase is called, asked for more songs from Grandson and he delivered. He came out for two more songs, closing out with 'Blood// Water" and a dive into the crowd from Grandson, who had to get on top of the bar to elevate himself high enough to be caught by the crowd. Despite the 18 songs played and all the sweat and energy left on stage, Jordan found himself outside of the venue, doing an acoustic set of a couple of songs and taking the time to talk to and meet some grandkids in the pouring rain.
Grandson and the rest of the acts definitely gave the Bottom Lounge something to remember in what was a powerful night of rock and roll and chaos.
Review/Photo By: Heriberto Gallegos