Can we call you tonight? – The Vanderbilt Hustler
Indie pop star Sloan Struble gave an energizing, life-changing and depression-healing performance at the Brooklyn Bowl on October 6. It is OUR medicine.
Halfway through Dayglow’s set at the Brooklyn Bowl on October 6, a family in the back of the crowd held up a large cardboard sign with “It’s My 12th Birthday” printed in heavy Sharpie.
Lead singer Sloan Struble immediately noticed and called the attention of the whole crowd to this lucky tweenager, asking us to sing “Birthday Caleb Birthday!” »At the top of his lungs before moving on to the next song.
That’s the best way to describe the pure good vibes and euphoric energy that permeated the Wednesday night crowd at Dayglow. And of course, well done to this kid with phenomenal musical taste who chose an indie pop concert on a school night as his birthday present.
Dayglow, known primarily by frontman Struble, began an incredibly rapid rise to stardom in 2019 with the release of the debut album “Fuzzybrain”. Since then, Struble has seen only upward momentum, with two tracks from this album collecting over 100 million Spotify streams and the lead single from his 2021 album “Harmony House” weighing just over 40 million. .
This well-deserved popularity comes from the ease of listening to each track, its catchy lyrics and its catchy and catchy rhythms. Indie pop has always walked a treacherous tightrope with the various genres it draws inspiration from, and Dayglow manages to embrace 80s synth pop influences without falling too far into the painfully stereotypical image of a sunset over. a neon highway in Los Angeles. Even when Struble leans more on classic synths – on tracks like “Crying on the Dance Floor” and “Close to You” – his lyrical positivity resists the trope, and you can’t help but sway. We have already described his music as “chamber pop, but if the artist was not depressed”. Do whatever you want with it.
Now that we’ve had the pleasure of seeing Struble take the stage in a typical indie boy costume (a colorful striped button), we can attribute another aspect of Dayglow’s irresistible vibe to Struble himself. Her charisma on stage – dancing, engaging the crowd with songs to sing along to and even wielding a cowbell at one point – consumed audiences in the pit, on the sidelines, and even in the upper levels of the balcony (pun intended ). The crowd at the Brooklyn Bowl, ranging from the indie teenagers of Urban Outfitters and our lucky 12-year-old to fans his parents’ ages and up, truly represented the diverse appeal of Struble’s music. Its ability to draw such a wide range of listeners underlines its unique hold on the genre, evoking modern contemporaries like Still Woozy and COIN.
Struble is powered by a sweating-free 17 song setlist, effortlessly switching from electric guitar to acoustics and keyboard. He covered almost the entirety of “Harmony House”, starting with the contagious debut album “Something”, and pivoted often, singing not only the mega-hits from his debut album, like “Hot Rod” and the TikTok-famous “May I call you tonight?” But also slower jams like “December” and “Dear Friend” (which, in unpopular opinion, has the adult energy of Disney). While some slow tracks on the new album had us hesitant at first, Struble managed to reinvigorate them all, inexplicably galvanizing the crowd to get to the beat of “Woah Man.” We really are does not have want to let it go.
The real highlight of the night apart from the birthday carols and people waving their iPhones with “gay rights !!!” Written in large blinking text, was Struble’s encore performance. He and the rest of the group returned to the stage, still bursting with energy, and erupted in a laid-back, laid-back performance of Tears for Fears ‘iconic’ 80s single “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” with more vocal style. Modern Struble transforming the rise and falling in chorus into something pleasantly anachronistic.
Then, as we weren’t so secretly hoping, an almost seamless transition to “Run the World !!” showed how Struble’s music strives to be inspired by the ’80s. The light show, drum solo and boundless energy that Struble continued to bring to his audience, even after the end of the season. performance, demonstrated a mastery of both his art and the stage that few have at his age. Because, if we haven’t mentioned him, he’s only 22 years old. What do you do after you graduate?