Photos and review by Joshua Luebke
On Saturday night, Australian Alt-Pop Trio, Chase Atlantic played to a packed house at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis.
They’re on the first leg of their “Phases” tour in support of their sophomore album of the same name which released June 28.
The band is joined on the first leg of the tour by opener Lauren Sanderson. Lauren is an Indiana hip hop and rap artist who has a powerful voice and sings about everything from relationships to being true to who you are as a person.
Chase Atlantic is made up of brothers Mitchel (vocals) and Clinton Cave (saxophone and guitar), their friend Christian Anthony (guitar), and are rounded out on the road by touring members Pat Wilde (bass) and Jesse Boyle (drums).
The group blends elements of R&B, pop, and rock with their signature storytelling to create a sound which draws comparisons to The 1975 and The Weekend while still sounding completely different and original.
The visual elements of the shows on the “Phases” tour are an experience. The atmosphere built by the smoke, lights, and led screens creates an ambiance that perfectly vibes with the sound of the music, going from a soft glow of purple and white during the more upbeat or softer songs to red for the darker songs.
Chase Atlantic start off the show with scenes playing on the led screens. Tension builds until drummer Jesse comes out and adds percussion to the growing sound.
When the smoke clears, the tone is set and the rest of the band join him on stage. The group then plays a mixture of old and new songs. “Stuckinmybrain” and “Uncomfortable” discuss depression and anxiety, which most fans can relate, to while songs such as “Love is (not) Easy” tackle navigating relationships in our modern era.
The newest single, “Heaven and Back,” which is a dark synth-driven 80’s pop gem, tells the story of a woman who gets hooked on pills, her eventual escalation into intravenous drugs, and subsequent overdose.
The band does an incredible job of telling stories that are relevant and relatable to the times in which we live, and they put on a powerful live show. If you missed them Saturday, I would highly recommend coming out the next time they make it into town.