Songs of heartbreak and self-doubt filled the air Feb. 22 at the Metro (3730 N. Clark St.) when Beach Bunny took over the historic indie and alternative venue. This show was a continuation of the group’s ascension into stardom, with 24 of the shows on this tour selling out, with two of the dates being at Coachella. The Metro was its second stop on the 28-show tour, the band’s only hometown date over the three months it will spend on the road.
Minneapolis punk trio niiice. opened the show with three songs from an unannounced album before delving into its hard-hitting tracks from the extended play (EP) “Never Better.” Frontman Roddie Gateburg’s guttural screams and low growls echoed throughout the venue, a reminder of bands such as Nirvana and Metallica that played the same stage decades before. The band was the heaviest set of the night but its chaos fit onto the bill as a fitting contrast to other acts.
Kevin Sullivan, a solo folk artist performing under the name Field Medic, entered the venue as if he was walking up to a WWE ring. Heavy metal and intense strobe lights engulfed his entrance as he walked on stage and set up his “drummer” — a cassette player named Carson. Sullivan ended his set with a full-band rendition of “used 2 be a romantic” where he was accompanied by the members of Beach Bunny.
As the members of Beach Bunny took the stage for their set, the stage was flooded with pink lights that matched frontwoman Lili Triflio’s hair. The indie pop-rock quartet opened with “Promises,” the first song off of its new album “Honeymoon.” The group proceeded to play the album nearly straight through, only dropping the piano ballad “Racetrack” from the set.
After a brief intermission of the interlude “Goodbye Summer” from its first full-band EP, “Prom Queen,” the group played through some past hits such as “Sports” and “February.” A wave of crowd surfers floated across the audience shouting the catchy choruses along with the band.
The crowd’s energy peaked when the group played the TikTok-famous “Prom Queen.” The body-positive tune has consistently been a crowd favorite at live shows since it debuted.
While Beach Bunny may not be as loud as niiice., its sound filled the venue. The band’s live sound is a nearly perfect recreation of their recorded sound, though Trifilio adds even more emotion live, which makes the vocals even more pungent. It also helps she was backed by a chorus of over a thousand fans singing along to every word.
The show ended with what has become somewhat of a staple of Beach Bunny sets — Trifilio calling for the crowd to do a “wall of death,” this time during their song “Painkiller.”
“Honeymoon” is available on Apple Music, Spotify and other streaming services.