Mod Sun w/ Stand Atlantic & Pardyalone• February 27, 2023• The Depot
Reviewed and Photographed by Kaden Severn
Monday night my fiancé and I had the chance to go to The Depot for a rock-filled lineup. Mod Sun with Stand Atlantic and Pardyalone filled the downtown Salt Lake City venue with excited fans. I have been looking forward to this concert since it was announced. So I’m sure you can imagine my excitement when I got the approval to cover the show.
Starting the night off was Pardyalone. It was his first time on tour and the newcomer did not disappoint. Pardy seemed like a natural on stage. His R&B flow was similar to Juice Wrld. The crowd was super engaged the whole time and girls were swooning over him by the end of his set. My favorite song he performed was “Not a Home”.
The pop-punk band Stand Atlantic was next to take the stage. I had never heard of them but they had quite a following. Hailing from Canada, the band took the stage led by lead singer Bonnie Fraser. She came out to the song “Jurassic Park”, and I was instantly hooked.
Stand Atlantic’s alternative/punk rock sound was awesome. Their energy was insane and not only Bonnie, but the entire band had amazing performing energy. Every time the chorus of their songs came, they would explode and just totally embodied a rock group. One of my favorite songs from their set was their hit “Lavender Bones”. I feel like it just hit a nostalgic chord and although it was actually my first time hearing the song it reminded me of my high school years and all the pop-punk I used to listen to. Other notable songs from the Stand Atlantic show include the chiller song “Pity Party”, “kill[h]er”, and their final song “molotov”. Overall it was a pretty gnarly punk rock set. I had a genuinely amazing time during their set. Bonnie was amazing as the lead.
After a short intermission the moment we were all waiting for, Mod Sun took the stage! His first three songs were “Eyelids”, “Revenge”, and “Avril’s Song”. He just looked so happy and excited to be performing. He told the crowd how he had been coming to Salt Lake City for over 13 years. Even performing at Kilby Court way back. Next was his hit song “Karma”. The iconic chorus had the entire crowd singing along.
After performing a few songs from his newest album God Save the Teen, Mod started playing some older hits from Internet Killed the Rockstar and beyond. Some of the throwbacks included the powerful song “Bones” along with some older rapping songs such as “Shoot em Down”, and “happyBB”. Mod then performed a Goo Goo Dolls cover of “Iris” that was really beautiful.
Mod Sun shared a special moment with a mother and son duo when he performed the song “Single Mothers” and talked about how the two had sent him a video that really touched his heart. He dedicated the song to the fan as well as his own mother. A young fan who was extremely talented as a drummer was brought up on stage and absolutely killed it on the drums. Mod Sun who is also a very talented drummer also took a turn on the sticks. Mod closed out an awesome rock show with “Flames” before coming back out for an encore performance of “Perfectly Imperfect”. Such a good energy and fun night!