As the inevitable cycle of seasons changing sees summer turn to fall, it’s fitting that gothic synth outfit Zola Jesus descended upon the Regent Theater in Los Angeles. Returning to L.A. for the first time since decamping to Wisconsin to record Okovi, the group’s 5th LP (4th for the eclectic Sacred Bones record label), the atmosphere was ripe for a memorable performance along the lines of a cathartic-yet-equally rave-y seance from the hypnagogic synthpop-adjacent group. The crowd, hoping to get among the first glances of the new songs off Okovi, buzzed with anticipation amid the hazy, dimmed Regent Theater spotlights shortly before Zola Jesus took the stage.

Zola Jesus by Lee Bedrouni

They would not be disappointed as the set leaned heavily off of material from Okovi and 2014’s Taiga, including my favorite new song of theirs, “Soak.” Nika Roza Danilova even took a brief respite before delving into “Witness” to explain the heartbreaking origin of the track: An important figure in the Zola Jesus frontwoman’s life had attempted suicide, and the song captured her feelings of desperation in the moment. Danilova herself was dealing with a challenge that night, doing her best to perform for the fans while dealing with a sinus-related malady. I honestly couldn’t tell, as Danilova held total command of the stage while her voice echoed as far as to reach the rafters of the Regent Theater, as powerful and resonant as ever.

Zola Jesus by Lee bedrouni

Make sure to catch Zola Jesus live by clicking on the tour dates below, and you can click [this link] to buy Okovi.
Zola Jesus by Lee Bedrouni

Date Venue Location
Sep 25 Kessler Theater Dallas, TX Tickets & More
Sep 26 North Door Austin, TX Tickets & More
Sep 27 Gasa Gasa New Orleans, LA Tickets & More
Sep 28 Aisle 5 Atlanta, GA Tickets & More
Sep 29 Mothlight Asheville, NC Tickets & More
Sep 30 U Street Music Hall Washington, DC Tickets & More
Oct 01 ICA Boston, MA Tickets & More
Oct 03 PhilaMOCA Philadelphia, PA Tickets & More
Oct 04 Rough Trade Brooklyn, NY Tickets & More
Oct 06 Longboat Hall Toronto, Canada Tickets & More
Oct 07 Assemble Sound Detroit, MI Tickets & More
Oct 08 Thalia Hall Chicago, IL Tickets & More
Oct 09 Majestic Theatre Madison, WI Tickets & More
Oct 10 Amsterdam Saint Paul, MN Tickets & More
Oct 11 THE WAITING ROOM LOUNGE Omaha, NE Tickets & More
Oct 13 Globe Hall Denver, CO Tickets & More
Oct 14 Urban Lounge Salt Lake City, UT Tickets & More
Oct 16 Starline Social Club Oakland, CA Tickets & More
Oct 17 The Independent San Francisco, CA Tickets & More
Oct 19 The Crocodile Seattle, WA Tickets & More
Oct 20 The Old Church Portland, OR Tickets & More
Oct 21 VENUE Vancouver, Canada Tickets & More
Oct 28 Luxor Koln, Germany Tickets & More
Oct 29 The Haunt Brighton, United Kingdom Tickets & More
Oct 31 St. Luke’s Glasgow, United Kingdom Tickets & More
Nov 01 Band on the Wall Manchester, United Kingdom Tickets & More
Nov 02 Belgrave Music Hall West Yorkshire, United Kingdom Tickets & More
Nov 03 Arts Centre Norwich, United Kingdom Tickets & More
Nov 04 Stanley Theatre Liverpool, United Kingdom Tickets & More
Nov 06 Whelan’s Dublin, Ireland Tickets & More
Nov 07 Village Underground London, United Kingdom Tickets & More
Nov 08 Le Point Ephémère Paris, France Tickets & More
Nov 12 La Gravière Geneva, Switzerland Tickets & More
Nov 14 Monk Rome, Italy Tickets & More
Nov 15 Locomotiv Bologna, Italy Tickets & More
Nov 16 Dampfzentrale Berne, Switzerland Tickets & More
Nov 17 Magnolia Milan Mi, Italy Tickets & More
Nov 18 Mocvara Zagreb, Croatia Tickets & More
Nov 20 Z-Bau Nürnberg, Germany Tickets & More
Nov 21 Fluc Bezirk Leopoldstadt, Austria Tickets & More
Nov 22 SO36 Berlin, Germany Tickets & More
Nov 23 Ut Connewitz Leipzig, Germany Tickets & More
Nov 25 Mousonturm Frankfurt Am Main, Germany Tickets & More
Nov 27 Beursschouwburg Brussels, Belgium Tickets & More
Nov 28 Paradiso Amsterdam, Netherlands Tickets & More
Nov 29 Uebel & Gefahrlich Hamburg, Germany Tickets & More