Courtesy of Melissa Dex Guzman
Every now and then, you are pleasantly surprised. Not to say that I was floored but I was definitely impressed by the electronic duo, James Ford and Jas Shaw, of Simian Mobile Disco. With their fascinating light show behind them, the duo shredded through a set that included bangers from their debut Attack Decay Sustain Release and their sophomore release Temporary Pleasure. Standing onstage for the the better part of the first half the show, I was in awe by the sights and sounds of their live show. It was incredible.
Opening with the sonic explosion of "Sleep Deprivation", my personal favorite, I knew I was in for a treat. These two guys produce a massive sound with their roundtable of equipment including mixers, synths and pedals; as they performed, they moved from instrument to instrument, rotating as they pleased. After about half the set, I left the stage to watch the rest of the performance from the balcony; it was just as good since I could see the entire setup and enjoy the sound just a bit more. All in all, it was one of the best shows I've seen all year. If you're a fan of electronic music, or any music for that matter, and love great live shows, I highly recommend you check them out when possible.
I am in the process of editing a few videos taken from the stage and I have will have those uploaded as soon as possible. Also, I will be traveling to Oklahoma this week where I hope to capture and interview Deadmau5 from the Diamond Ballroom in Oklahoma City. Until then, stay tuned for the SMD videos.