Last week I had the great pleasure of seeing one of my favorite bands, Parade of Lights, perform again as they opened for Royal Concept at Subterranean in Chicago. I’ve been waiting to see them again since the second they walked off the stage at Skully’s in Columbus over a year ago and boy was it worth the wait. While they only had a 30 minute set due to a time constraint at the venue, PoL came out with the same energy that drew me in that spring night in Columbus and absolutely owned the stage from start to finish.
The band started with “Just Give it Up”, the only song they would play on the night that was not from their debut album Feeling Electric, an upbeat anthem that really set the tone for the rest of the set and drew the attention of the crowd. From there they played two songs that are very familiar to me as they made it on the album off of their EP Golden, “Island” and “Burn”. It was interesting to see them play songs for a second time as it was very clear how much the band has improved over the past year after tours with X Ambassadors and AWOLNATION as well as some rounds on the festival circuit. After three of their lesser known songs, they went big right around the halfway point of their set with the title song of their new album, and current most popular single, “Feeling Electric”. The crowd at Subterranean went absolutely nuts for this one. Parade of Lights finished out their set with a new song and then a pair of stay overs, “Silver and Gold”, “We’re the Kids”, and my personal favorite “Golden”.
While I was a bit bummed out that the set was only 30 minutes, it was no fault of the band’s. They made the most of the time they were given and absolutely owned it. All in all, Parade of Light’s put on an amazing show that left my friend’s that I dragged with me talking about it all week. If you still don’t listen to Parade of Lights you should probably start paying attention. Their EP Golden made number 2 on my top 10 albums of 2014 and something tells me they’ll be making another appearance on this year’s list.
Let the countdown begin to the next time I get to see Parade of Lights!
You can find Parade of Light’s debut album Feeling Electric on Spotify or pretty much anywhere else you go to consume music.