Aqueous and Mungion found themselves in Boulder, Colorado on Saturday, where the two emerging jam quartets provided fans at a packed Fox Theatre with a night of fantastic rock music. The performance was the latest stop on Aqueous’ lengthy fall tour in promotion of their 2018 concept album, Color Wheel.
The two bands have played together numerous times throughout the tour since it began back in late October, including a memorable Nicktoons-themed performance at New York City’s Knitting Factory back on Halloween. There were no costumes worn by either band on Saturday night, but both Aqueous and Mungion did provide their Bouder fans with some groovy rock jams over the course of their professionally-filmed sets.
Mungion had the first licks on Saturday, performing four songs over 45 minutes to get Fox Theatre up and dancing early on. The band started their set with “One Night Stan” before transitioning into “Herbert”, both of which appeared on their 2018 sophomore studio album, Ferris Wheel’s Day Off. The second half of their performance heard the Chicago-based outfit continue with a cover of The Talking Heads’ “Life During Wartime” before closing their set with “Beneath The Shallows”, the opening track from their 2016 debut album, Scary Blankets.
Mungion – 12/8/2018 – Full Pro-Shot Video
Aqueous took the stage for their first of two headlining sets beginning with fan-favorite “Strange Times”, one of the tracks from their 2012 Willie Is 40 LP. Set one continued with “Underlyer”, which transitioned right into another track from Willie Is 40 with “Warren in the Window”. Set one came to a close with guitarist Mike Gantzer taking the audience on a ride with “Skyway”, before the band continued into their maniacal cover of Oysterhead‘s “Pseudo Suicide”.
Aqueous returned for set two by once again revisiting Willie is 40—this time with the album’s opening song, “Origami”, which also included a mid-song tease of “20/20”. Another one of the band’s older originals, “Mosquito Valley, Pt 1”, came next before the band moved into yet another fan-favorite, “Kitty Chaser (Explosions)”. The second half of the set would go uninterrupted as the band seamlessly moved through a cover of Daryl Hall & John Oates‘ “I Can’t Go For That”, Color Wheel‘s “Split The Difference”, and a closing “Don’t Do It”. With time for one more song, Aqueous returned to the stage for an encore rendition of “How High Can You Fly”.
Fans who couldn’t make it to Boulder to catch the show can tune into the video below to watch the entire performance from Saturday.
Aqueous – 12/8/2018 – Full Pro-Shot Video
Aqueous will continue their fall tour in Omaha, Nebraska on Tuesday night with a show at The Waiting Room with Goose. The band’s 2018 is scheduled to come to a close with their hometown New Year’s Eve show at Buffalo’s Town Ballroom. Tickets for remaining shows on the band’s fall tour can be purchased through their website. Both Aqueous and Mungion also announced on Monday that they will be appearing at the 2019 edition of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong‘s annual DomeFest event.
Setlist: Mungion | Fox Theatre | Boulder, CO | 12/8/2018
Set: One Night Stan > Herbert, Life During Wartime (Talking Heads cover), Beneath The Shallows
Setlist: Aqueous | Fox Theatre | Boulder, CO | 12/8/2018
Set One: Strange Times, Underlyer > Warren in the Window, Skyway > Pseudo Suicide (Oysterhead cover)
Set Two: Origami*, Mosquito Valley, Pt. 1 > Kitty Chaser (Explosions), I Can’t Go For That (Daryl Hall & John Oates cover) > Split the Difference > Don’t Do It
Encore: How High You Fly
* 20/20 tease