Since early March, the guys of Cherry Pools have toured across the nation on their first ever headlining tour, which was announced in December, shortly after their run with Chase Atlantic. Throughout the tour’s run, Cherry Pools has been cycling through openers, like Ryan Woods and Plum alongside with Tillie, who is currently their direct support. On April 11th, 2019, the tour made a stop at Schubas Tavern in Chicago, Illinois. Welcome to the Blutopia tour review.
Starting the night was Riot Child, a female-fronted pop/rock duo, based out of Los Angeles. The two members, Amanda and Alice, share vocals while also playing their instruments. Alice plays drums, and Amanda plays bass and keys. The band touched on a variety of topics like moving from Sweden to LA, the road to self-discovery, and self-acceptance. An exciting moment in their set was when Amanda rocked a snapback with spikes protruding from the lid while performing a song that is yet to be released.
Next up, we had Tillie, a musician who is proud to be detailed-oriented. In between songs, she talked about how she likes to focus on the messages behind the songs she writes. A week ago, she released her EP called "Loud Mouth," which features songs like "mood swings" and "loud mouth," which are based on times she has been in stressful situations, and people did not take her seriously. Another song off the EP, "whole wide world" was written about an experience with an abusive ex and afterwards, a member of her team told her, “Relax. Don’t make this a big deal.” This song is a result of that, giving her perspective of what it means to be a girl in today’s society, with messages of female empowerment and feminism.
Finally, but certainly not least, we have Cherry Pools, who kicked off the show with a cover of the late David Bowie’s ‘Life on Mars?’ The band then moved into performing "Thief in the Night, Are You in Love?" and among other songs off of their debut EP, "Less Religion More Sex," which dropped in October. Along side of a Bowie cover, Cherry Pools also delivered covers of Michael Jackson’s "The Way You Make Me Feel" and "Heaven Is A Place On Earth" by Belinda Carlisle. The show was fun and energetic. Since the last time the band was in Chicago, they’ve added a giant blue heel with BLUEBOY written across it and a keyboard stand that are a pair of legs in blue pants with star patterns to their production. Make sure to check out Cherry Pools, tiLLie, and Riot Child.