So my buddy got us tickets to see Chon, a San Diego based instrumental rock band who are currently on their first ever headlining tour. Opening up for them are Strawberry Girls and Dallas local band Polyphia on board as supporting acts. I personally did not know too much about Chon besides what my friend had shown me via YouTube. Such as this live set/interview courtesy of AudiotreeTV such as this clip:
As you can tell…these guys are insanely talented and they play so well together. It’s hard to come across bands that can actually play what they record. There’s no studio magic here!
But let’s get to the show..
Polyphenia and Strawberry girls opened and they were INCREDIBLE! So much technicality and the best part about it was that it felt so organic. If you didn’t know who they were you would think these guys were just jamming off improv. As a guitar player myself I could really appreciate their guitar licks, abrusrt time signature changes, and the harmonizing. I still can’t get over Strawberry Girls though. I tried to get as many videos as my phone permitted so I could find these songs on my own haha.
All three bands share a very similar sound, progressive Jam Metal. Lots of arpeggios, tempo changes, and breakdowns of course.
Strawberry fields were amazing, and I can say that for every band that played today. These bands play so tight-fitted to the point where it sounds like I’m listening to the CD recordings. In other words they all play very well live and hardly make room for errors.
Polyphenia had me hypnotize watching the guitarists shred so melodically. I could go on and on but luckily I have some decent footage from the show 🙂
I have no words to describe Chon, I was hypnotized the whole time just watching them jam out like nobody’s business! Like I said I’d rather let the videos speak for itself
In between sets Sidewinder was playing the whole Toro Y Moi discography and honestly I couldn’t be happier. I can listen to Toro anytime of the day and it was a nice switch up to the jamming bands playing before me.