Hail The Sun has had an interesting journey since we saw them last spring at Swanfest. A fresh album, Divine Inner Tension, is now out as of last Friday, August 11th. Just before the anticipated release, the band has taken to the road again to celebrate, along with Being As An Ocean, Kaonashi, Origami Button, and to open the Goldfield Roseville set, local legends Dwellings.
We began the night witnessing Dwellings perform a series of intense riffs and effortless vocals. All too soon, their set concluded as fans craved for more. Not too long following, Origami Button, too, impressed the swell of the crowd. Kaonashi’s energy was contagious as anticipations continued to build and release and condensation of sweat began to pool on the walls and ceiling.
Being As An Ocean was an exciting performance, for me…
They were the band that I first ever took photos of in my career. I was anxious to see if seven years later they’d hold up to the hype I’ve continuously built in my head since that day in the dark, intimate corner of Seattle’s El Corazon where I first saw them play.
While most heavier rock bands shout “circle pit” as they perform, lead vocalist Joel Quartuccio took his own version of ramping up the energy by starting them himself. He leapt into the crowd without fear. He took his mic along and instigated a roar of the crowd, who screamed the lyrics with every fiber of their being. In that moment forward, everyone was a part of the performance, not just the band playing. Each band member continued to use the entire venue as their stage. They climbed on the bar, the staircase railing, and played to their heart’s content.
Hail The Sun joined the stage as the final act, the grand finale…
The air was thick and hot by that point in the night. Hail The Sun was given a warm welcome to about as close to home as they can be. The crowd was rife with anticipations near the end of the night. Hail the Sun’s lightning performance followed.
Every person who sang along that night felt almost like family and friends. The intimate space added to the atmosphere al the same. The energy created a safe space to release and experience a few moments of catharsis before the week was to begin. Hail The Sun played some of their biggest hits through the beginning of their performance, then they roped in some new tracks from their fresh album. You could hear even then crowd members had memorized even the deeper tracks, too. The crowd was thunderous, shaking the wooden floors with their movements. Each word from their songs poured from the audience’s mouths in a beautiful chorus harmonizing with the band.
Stay tuned for more updates on Hail The Sun, and grab your tickets to the rest of the tour here. Listen to their brand new album, Divine Inner Tension, too! You’ll not want to miss out.