Alternative acts Joywave and I Don’t Know How But They Found Me (IDKHow) are joining forces for their highly anticipated Welcome to Hellvectia co-headlining tour. An Avengers level team up, this tour is a must see for all fans of modern alternative music.
After starting in secret back in early 2017, IDKHow is made up of Dallon Weekes, formerly of Panic! At The Disco, and Ryan Seaman, formerly of Falling in Reverse. In their fourth outing to the Twin Cities, the duo has continually played to larger and larger crowds.
I first saw IDKHow in June of 2018, back when they were regarded as the best unsigned band out there. Since then they have released two EPs and a standout debut album. As a megafan of the group, seeing their rising success has been incredibly satisfying.
Opening the night with their certified gold single Choke, IDKHow’s dark yet danceable lyrics had the entire audience on their feet. Dallon is a natural frontman, Ryan has as much passion as drummers like Josh Dun, and their touring guitarist Anthony effortlessly shreds.
The highlight of IDKHow’s set was Dallon’s incredible vocals. His cover of Heaven is a Place on Earth was incredibly impressive, and he sounded studio perfect on every track.
The band at one point attempted to do something I’ve never seen at a live show before. Audience members scanned QR codes linking them to audio files of the song. We were asked to turn up our phones and have them play the backing music for their closing song. While I encountered technical difficulties, it was a solid attempt at a cool idea!
In their five years as a band, I’ve thought of IDKHow as alternative rock’s best kept secret. I sincerely hope more people find them (pun intended). I recommend checking out their songs Choke, Razzamatazz, and – one of my personal favorites – Lights Go Down.
Going into a co-headlining show may be difficult if fans don’t know both bands. Luckily, with a group like Joywave, those fears faded away instantly. Owning the stage with band geek energy, their charm and sound impressed me right away.
The pairing of IDKHow and Joywave is a perfect mix. Bringing together these two groups of fans was brilliant. The atmosphere of the show was incredibly respectful and laid back.
A highlight from Joywave’s set was hearing their popular hit Dangerous, as well as a moment of silence for the canceled Resident Evil Netflix series, which features one of their songs from a side project.What makes this show a must see is the two bands’ cutting edge sounds. If I had to name two bands that were paving the way for alternative music in 2022, it would be IDKHow and Joywave. Surely this tour will be talked about for years to come.
Click here to view their upcoming tour dates and consider ending your summer with one of the best co-headlining tours of the year!