I don’t know how, but somehow we keep finding this band in Phoenix- and absolutely no one is complaining. Joywave and I Don’t Know How But They Found Me (affectionately referred to as IDK How) coheadlined a stellar appearance at The Van Buren this week for an offbeat dance party like no other.
Decked out in matching outfits, the men of Joywave put a whole car on the stage and started the show. The band was determined to fit as many songs as possible into their set, so they were a little more reticent than usual between songs. That didn’t stop singer Daniel Armbruster from spouting phony yet hilarious “facts” about Martin Van Buren, and even convincing the audience that their cover of Big Data’s “Dangerous” had been played in space with the astronauts.
It’s all part of their charm and the fans ate up every moment. We loved grooving along to “Every Window is a Mirror” and “Obsession” before the band teased the end of their set. Of course, that wasn’t the case and they led the room in chanting “one more song” before closing things out with “Destruction”.
IDK How spends a lot of time in Phoenix and it’s easy to see why- this city adores this band. Dallon Weekes and Ryan Seaman never disappoint with their performances and Wednesday’s show may be one of the best we’ve seen from the duo. Backed by large LED screens and their signature neon logo, we started strong with “Choke” and “Leave Me Alone”.
Weekes loves to talk to the audience and they gave that energy right back with their cheers and interactions. The band has been recovering from some health issues, but you’d never have known from the intensity of Weekes’ vocals throughout the set.
We always have a wonderfully good time with IDK How but they treated us to even more special moments- bringing out Joywave’s Armbruster for a guest verse on fan-favorite “Nobody Likes the Opening Band”. The two bands mesh so well together, creating such a goofy, lighthearted atmosphere for an audience that couldn’t stop laughing and cheering them on.
The night ended with the bouncy “Do It All the Time” and the knowledge that we’ll undoubtedly be seeing these two killer acts back in Arizona in no time.
Check out all the photos from the show!
Story and photos by Olivia Khiel