“Sometimes I get so high so low
Where did all my good friends go”
What an incredible return to live music. Touring again after 19 long months, DFW natives, The Unlikely Candidates gave fans an awesome show at the historic Granada Theater in Dallas last Friday.
Dim lights and anticipation were in the air, as the crowd waited for the main headliner after outstanding performances by opening bands The Shortlist and Swimming With Bears. Then as the stage brightens and the band makes their way out, all other thoughts leave as we’re thrown headfirst into “Your Love Can Start a War”, one of their first chart-topping songs. They had great variety in their set playing hits like “Trampoline” from their first EP and “Gemini”, their newest single. Both of which had a lighter vibe. They also mixed in heavier influenced songs such as “Oh My Dear Lord” and “Bells”. The latter, a dark ballad that sent chills down my spine and had everyone in awe.
These guys really know how to put on a show. We all love a good band that throws all their energy into a set. And especially ones who rock out so hard that their hair whips their face, that courtesy of guitarists Brenton Carney and Cole Male. But frontman Kyle Morris seriously steals the spotlight with the manic energy he puts into his performance. With sweat dripping down his face, you can find him throwing himself around the stage in a way I can only describe as insanely AWESOME. With Kevin Goddard as their backbone on the drums, they put on an amazing concert. Even with small hiccups, like having to adjust their set last minute, due to bassist Jared Hornbeek being unable to make the show due to unforeseen circumstances. They didn’t miss a beat and finished off their set with their most recent chart-topper “Novocaine”.
“Where did all my good friends go?” asked Morris. A nod to their song “High Low” which is about loneliness and missing human connection, a pandemic era song. A small pause, “They’re right here”, he says, and I can’t help but agree. Because in a crowd of people singing their hearts out with an incredible band, how can you not feel like you’re with friends? The Unlikely Candidates is the show to see, and you’ll regret not buying tickets while you can.