Lydia / Seahaven / Turnover

Crocodile Theater/ October 20th 2015/ Written by Heather Dunmoyer

It’s weird having those bands that when you listen to them, you’re automatically transported into an entire different time in your life. I was an avid Lydia listener, especially in High school. 2008 Illuminate, perhaps their most well-known and well-loved album, holds a good memory in my sad-highschool-girl heart. Seahaven was also important to me during those times. Though I would be less inclined to go and listen to Seahaven, Winter Forever 2011 contains the trackHoneybee which I still regard today to be one of the saddest breakup songs I know. In terms of the post-emo-revival criterium, Lydia and Seahaven fit that loose mold, however together I didn’t think their performances married together well. 

The issue for me was the vocal style of each artist in contrast to the persona each band was striving for. Seahaven came on stage second to last, just after Turnover (which I will get to momentarily). The entire Seahaven band walked out in matching black shirts, the lights were dimmed and they were all set. Kyle Soto, Seahaven’s lead, looked like a deer in the headlights with his model-like face, looking pensively out into the crowd. Very, dramatic and expected of Seahaven. Aside from their look, vocally Soto’s voice had that breathy-whine that makes Seahaven who they are. Hearing it live was less pleasing to the ears but still sounded like what you’d expect from them. Musically, the entire band is incredible talented. Long guitar riffs, a great drummer and nice variety in sounds that worked well together. Soto’s vocals really didn’t do much for me though. There was a lack of depth in his voice and he seemed to fade away into the music. Most of their set was from their new album, Reverie Lagoon: Music for Escapism Only. My favorite that they performed was Silhouette (Latin Skin). The sound is really unique to Seahaven; slower and more melodic, and with the lyrics, vocals, and instrumentals, it was performed really well. I’d recommend giving it a listen. 

In contrast, Lydia, the headliner, was a breath of fresh air compared to Seahaven. The lead vocalist, Leighton Antelman has this vocal style about him that’s difficult to explain. For me, it sounds almost as if he is smiling while he is singing. His voice creates this “happy-sounding” melody that uplifts instead of brings you down. This was a stark contrast with Soto from Seahaven and hearing them back to back really took away from each band individually. I was pleased that Lydia played some of my favorites from their 2008 Illuminate album and when Leighton picked up the mic to perform Hospital, the crowd erupted and followed along, holding on to each lyric. It was nice to have such a fan-based audience. The set was beautiful too. In contrast to all back Seahaven, Lydia had an array of white lights making stars in the background. Large bubble lights were scattered around the stage. It felt dreamy, just like Lydia usually sounds. Overall, a good and happy-go-lucky performance by Lydia. 

The real star of the show however, was Turnover. As a newer band with a recent release, Peripheral Vision; I am really looking forward to what else Turnover has in store. Their style is more melodic with a dreamy indie rock feel to it. Their performance held true to their sound and they performed each one effortlessly. It was really nice to see such a positive audience response. The combination of music and lyrics brought me back to those middle school days when you have a crush on that kid in front of you but you’re too shy to talk to them. My favorite song performed was Dizzy on the Comedown, probably their most famous track, and for a good reason. It makes you happy to listen to it. It makes me want to go dancing and be with someone. Hello Euphoria was also performed effortlessly and so easy to listen to. Well done Turnover, maybe next time you’ll headline. Give their new album, Peripheral Vision a listen to when you get the chance. It’s one of my favorites this year.