SAN FRANCISCO — Since last year, Sloan Struble of Dayglow went from having a “sold-out tour that never existed” to making it a reality again—this time, with a new album in tow. The Fort Worth artist brought his Harmony House Tour to the Regency Ballroom on Wednesday, kicking off the evening with “Something.”
The room instantly became a dance floor, with Struble in the spotlight. Mic in hand, he grooved to the tune of the ‘80s-pop-inspired anthem, his enthusiasm for disco fever on full display. Though “Something” had an abrupt ending, the high energy showed no sign of faltering as Dayglow and his four-member touring band moved onto the 8-bit melodies of “Medicine” and the whimsical “Nicknames.”
Dayglow’s performance included a mix of 2021’s Harmony House and 2019 debut record Fuzzybrain, with songs off the latter taking up a little bit more of the set. Struble picked up his Fender Stratocaster for “Fair Game,” “Hot Rod” and many of the other Fuzzybrain cuts, churning out their shimmering pop-rock faire.
While the show had an undeniably buoyant energy all around, the set slowed down for “December,” “Fuzzybrain” and “Woah Man,” delivering some nuance.
“It seems like a lot of people in this room have passed the threshold of 18 years old. If you haven’t yet, you don’t know what’s coming—it’s awkward,” Struble said to introduce the aforementioned slow-burners. He went on to mention how Fuzzybrain was therapeutic to write, causing the crowd to cheer with what felt like a sense of solidarity.
Other standout moments included an unexpected glam metal-esque guitar solo on the bridge of “Woah Man” and an ultra-smooth transition between “Crying on the Dancefloor” and “Into Blue,” the latter serving a ‘90s R&B mood.
The first set ended with a triple-threat combination of “Listerine,” viral single “Can I Call You Tonight?” and Harmony House hit “Close To You,” all of which caused the crowd’s ever-booming energy to spiral, proving to be fan favorites. To round out the night, Dayglow covered “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” and followed with “Run The World!!!” which felt like a sweet nod to the classic Tears For Fears cut.
Austin pop duo Hovvdy was scheduled to open the show but ended up not making it. The reason for the cancelation was not announced.
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