Photos + Review: Badflower at Varsity Theatre (Minneapolis, MN)

Badflower (Los Angeles, CA), Weathers (Los Angeles, CA), Dead Poet Society (Boston, MA)
October 3rd, 2019
Varsity Theatre in Minneapolis, MN

Well this was one busy week. Just finished a string of five shows in six days. The first being Badflower headlining Varsity Theatre here in Minneapolis. And boy was it ever a start to this self-created mini tour of shows for me. I’d rank it as my number two, maybe number three, for top shows of the year, very closely behind Shinedown.

It was a pretty surreal moment all night for me this night because Around the start of my concert photography days, I got to see Billy Talent in 2016, where Badflower opened up this same venue. I honestly don’t remember much about their set. I remember liking them, them playing to a smallish crowd, but they kind of fell of my radar afterwards. Now three years later, the band is killing the game, headlining the same venue to a pretty packed crowd, and I couldn’t be prouder.

There’s just something about Badflower’s music that feels more unique and more genuine than the rest. I connected really hard with “Ghost” when it came out. It was one of those songs that I could relate to easily and made me want to follow the band. Their first full album came out early this year and I was elated to find out that the rest of the album was just as good if not better. That turned in to wanting to see it all in full live, which I (and the whole crowd) got pretty much, for this show. It was incredible seeing songs like “Wide Eyes,” and “Die” played live, but “Promise Me” was the song I was dying to see (No pun insteaded. Kind of.). I feel like no other song has been able to touch on the feeling of being afraid of getting older and losing your loved one(s) due to it. It never used to bother me, but now that I’m almost 30, it’s been something kind of on my mind. I keep thinking “I wish I can stay this age, and this healthy forever. Why do we have to age?” This song live was one of the moments I made sure I was entirely present for, and was probably the most emotional I’ve gotten at a show.

I was blown away by Badflower, but even before them I was incredibly impressed by the openers. I had listened to zero songs by either Dead Poets Society and Weathers, and walked away easily a fan. Dead Poet Society was much more my style. It weird, but they’re like a perfect blend of Royal Blood, Nothing But Thieves, Grandson, Muse, and even Bishop Briggs. I love the heavy groove thing they’ve got going on, and they were super energetic on stage. Been listening to them a ton on Spotify since, so I’m definitely going to be keeping on eye on when they’re here again. Weathers were more pop punk-y, but still very good. Very catchy songs, but highlight of their set for me was easily their short cover of “Famous Last Words” by My Chemical Romance. For someone who loves them and that song and it seems like I’m never going to get the chance to see the band play live, that cover was the next best thing. Weathers crushed it, I was freaking out, but quite disappointed that they only played the first verse and chorus. Biggest tease ever.

I’ve been saying for awhile that Badflower are going to be the next huge rock band. There’s always been a special feel to them whenever I’ve seen them in the past, and to see them now headlining and pulling huge crowds make me so happy. Plus, I can be a hipster and say I’ve seen them way before they got huge.

Counting the days already to when I get to see them again.

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