Dayglow with Hovvdy
The Harmony House Tour
Webster Hall – New York, NY – October 17th, 2021
For 21 year old Sloan Struble, better known by his stage name of Dayglow, 2021 has been quite the year. Earlier this year, in May, he released his sophomore album Harmony House and announced the six week Harmony House Tour that would kick off in the fall. Fast forward five months, and Dayglow had arrived at New York City’s Webster Hall for a sold out performance. Joining them that evening was fellow Texans, Hovvdy, to kick off the evening.
Hovvdy took the stage sharply at 8pm. The duo, which consists of Will Taylor and Charlie Martin and who alternate between vocals/guitar and drums, wasted no time with their set. Immediately they dove into “Mister Me”, followed by the title track from their latest album True Love.
“How’s everyone doing out there tonight? Good? Thank you all for coming!”, Will Taylor said asked from behind the drum kit. Smiles stretched across Martin and Taylor’s faces as fans shouted words of encouragement and praise from the crowd. Halfway through their set, the duo switched and Martin assumed the position behind the drum kit, while Taylor swung the guitar around himself. “It sounds much better when I’m in tune, it’s worth the wait.” Taylor said as he tuned his guitar in the silence between songs. Once the guitar was tuned up, Hovvdy concluded their killer set with “Meg” and “Around Again”, before departing the stage.
Texas was within the walls of Webster Hall on Sunday evening as the Austin, Texas based Dayglow graced the stage. First his band members took to the stage and immediately ripped into “Something”, the lead track off Harmony House. Dayglow himself joined the stage about 30 seconds later, ripped the microphone from its stand and began dancing across the stage. The screams from fans throughout the venue barely subsided before his velvet voice commanded the room.
The energy within Dayglow’s performance on Sunday evening was most contagious. Aside from making upbeat indie rock music, Dayglow’s smiles and killer dance moves captivated fans. The lengthy setlist offered plenty of variety for fans who preferred both his more upbeat and his slower songs. Some favorites of the night were, “Hot Rod”, “Fuzzybrain”, and “Crying on the Dancefloor.”
Dayglow certainly saved their hits for last, playing “Can I Call You Tonight?” And “Close To You” before departing the stage. Chants for an encore commenced almost immediately and before we knew it, the band returned to the stage for a two song encore. Dayglow gave their spin on the popular Tears for Fears song “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”, before concluding their powerhouse set with “Run the World!!!”
This being my first time seeing Dayglow perform live, I was thoroughly impressed. For just 21 years of age, Dayglow is an extremely talented musician and he has a strong band to back him. It’s clear to see that this is just the beginning from Mr. Struble and I am ecstatic to see where the future takes him.