The One’s to Watch Tour brought the heat to the Deluxe Room at Old National Centre in Indianapolis, IN on July 16th. For opening act Lauren Sanderson, it was her hometown show and her fans showed up. Opening with The Only One every fan had their hands in the air and were screaming lyrics back to her. She was one of the most thankful artists I’ve ever seen. She recently get out of a crappy record deal, and donned a fan made shirt that read, “former epic recording artist and now madly, wildly, independent as HELL recording artist, Lauren Sanderson.” She announced her debut album coming soon, and played an unreleased song, Hotel Room. Overall, Lauren Sanderson did not disappoint and it was great to have her home for one night.
The rising alt-pop trio Chase Atlantic are back with their sophomore album, Phases, following their previous EP, DON’T TRY THIS (2019) and their self-titled debut (2017). The well-anticipated full-length to be released on June 28th via MDDN/BMG is certain to be one for the charts. With heavy influences from artists such as The Neighbourhood, Post-Malone, and The Weeknd, the band has only grown more as time progresses. Mitchel Cave, lead singer of the band stated “We went from staring at the same four walls for 18 years to seeing the whole world. We have to keep our heads—everything in moderation. Well, music-making should not be in moderation, but everything else. As long as we’ve got our headphones and laptops, we have all we need.”
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Australian R&B band Chase Atlantic are back with their latest EP Don’t Try This and we got an early listen at this devilishly beautiful creation. This is the first album the band has put out since their full-length debut Chase Atlantic in 2017; and features familiar songs “You Too” and “Like a Rockstar” which were singles previously released. The band also teased their song “Devilish” on their 2018 World Tour by using it as an interlude during live shows.
The final cross-country Vans Warped Tour is going out with a bang this summer (though it might be a whimper to some naysayers), and while the established acts are very exciting (Silverstein, Underoath, etc), some of them aren’t playing more than a few dates regionally. Which makes sense, considering most of those bands are headlining their own borderline arena-level tours at this point. And there’s nothing wrong with that – many of these musicians have families they’re leaving behind for 2+ months at a time. Touring when you’re 30+ is hard.
But I digress. The annual summer tour has always been the best place to discover a handful of fast-rising bands, and that’s been the appeal of Warped since the mid-90’s. Global superstars like Eminem, Katy Perry, and G-Eazy have all been featured on the tour over the years, and recently it’s been bands like Tonight Alive and Knocked Loose that have gained new audiences at a feverish rate. And this year is no exception. Perhaps the band everyone needs to look at is Australian newcomers Chase Atlantic. The alternative-pop/R&B band combines elements of pop, trap, R&B, and rock to create something almost irresistibly fresh, and they’re playing the small stage.