07-20-10 / PENDU DISCO feat. GATEKEEPER + VON HAZE + DJ sets by Shawn NoEQ (Led Er Est) + Katie Rose (Further Reductions)
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Von Haze’s live show carried a distorted edge that‘s often winked at but never quite fully unsheathed in their recorded material, which often skews towards more minimal pop. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, mind you. The raw, kinetic energy they manifest onstage is a grand departure from the stereotypical – manbot meets ladybot and they stand still onstage while you and your friend take turns whispering in each other’s ears – dynamic that many bands seem to accept as the de facto stage presence for performing any music that involves a drum machine. Trading off vocals from song to song, Travis Caine and Katherine Kin’s disparate vocal styles give them license to explore the fringes of their aesthetic. Have a good hunch the kids in London are going to fall for their vicious guitar sounds and purring synth lines on their upcoming UK tour.
Taking full advantage of Glasslands’ system, Gatekeeper recast their thick synth lines, smart beats, and atmospheric oscillations into something that was at times a roaring mass of sounds, sometimes a single driving force, and often both at once. The crowd responded enthusiastically, dancing despite the influx of body heat. It was exactly how this music was meant to be heard: loudly and in a room full of sweaty people. The dance floor vibe was in full effect as Glasslands’ signature paper clouds caught the powerful flashes of the strobe light that sat behind the pair like the rear reflector in a gigantic camera flash, filling the entire venue with bursts of light. Mostly obscured behind their hulking synth rigs and thick smoke, Gatekeeper brought an intensity beyond what the icy feel and often ornate arrangement of their songs would lead you to believe was possible.
-words and photos by Luke Carrell
GATEKEEPER live at Glasslands – Video by Johanna Lenski
VON HAZE live at Glasslands pt.1 – Video by Johanna Lenski
VON HAZE live at Glasslands pt.2 – Video by Johanna Lenski
Check out photos below by Tyler Flatt