Epsilona brings individualistic style to Nooner concert

Vu Chau

A change of venue from the outdoor University Union Serna Plaza to the indoor Redwood Room drew in a large crowd Wednesday, April 27 to watch this week’s Nooner performer, Epsilona, jam it out on stage to numerous originals and covers.

Epsilona was formed in 2013 as a three-piece band. Now, it has five members with each brings a different musical influence to infuse with the band’s already unique indie-psychedelic rock style.

The Sacramento-based group consists of vocalist Minh Le, guitarist Chandler Hale, drummer Carlos Gutierrez, bassist Cory Phillips and keyboardist Nick Bretz.

“Our music is good and catchy and easy to the ears,” Le said. “Nothing complicated, because I think when things get too complicated, people who aren’t music lovers would tend to over-stimulate.”

Epsilona also prides itself on being different and “one-of-a-kind.”

“We wanted to come up with a name that’s like a word that doesn’t exist,” Le said. “So when you Google us, it’ll just be us.”

With just two Nooner concerts remaining, UNIQUE Programs continues to put a memorable emphasis on uniqueness by inviting performers who know how to get the crowd excited.

Epsilona was no exception as this week’s performer and the band is as unique and catchy as Le has described. At the concert, the band performed every song from its 2015 EP, “Thinkers,” which includes “Trance,” “Think About It” and “Going Home.”

The band began its set with the “prelude” from “Thinkers” – an instrumental track that Phillips described as an introduction to the band and its music.

Epsilona also performed a few covers such as Drake’s 2015 hit “Hotline Bling,” and one of the band’s musical influences, Tame Impala’s 2012 “Feels Like We Only Go Backward.”

At the show, Epsilona also managed to get the small crowd clapping to the beat of almost every song they played – especially when Le began singing “Hotline Bling.”

The band ended this week’s Nooner concert by jamming to “The Creamy Factor,” another track from its EP “Thinkers.”