RECAP: Crystal Castles plus Doldrums @ House of Blues – 4/19/13

On a brisk April night in New Orleans, and warmed up the French Quarter with a vengeance. To say the show was chaotic would be a massive understatement; nevertheless, there was immense beauty in that chaos.

The evening’s entertainment was kicked off with the Canadian electronic trio, Doldrums. To give you an idea of the sound, think Noisician Coalition meets Perry Farrell. Their set was a complete deconstruction of any ideas one may have previously had about electronic music. Using natural instruments and electronic beats, Doldrums powered through a highly entertaining set. The last two songs, “Anomaly” and “She is the Wave,” were a logical conclusion to their set and served as a perfect complement to the night’s main event.

Crystal Castles’ set comprised of material from all their albums, but mostly from last year’s release, III. It was a complete assault to the senses. If you weren’t moving, you must’ve been dead. The energy and passion on stage was mirrored all throughout the night by a spectacular light show synced to every heart pounding beat. The audience knew they were in for an amazing show right off the bat as vocalist, , dove into the crowd during their second song, “Baptism.” The slow moments of the set served as breathers for both the band and crowd.

There was a chaotic energy derived from the set that was infectious to say the least. A highlight of the night was when the band launched into “Crimewave,” with the crowd erupting with joy just after the first two notes were struck. Each song they played had this same type of energetic response, proving the existence of passion throughout the . The retro videogame samples intertwined in the beats were an awesome flashback to my childhood. Who would have known that 8 bits of samples would come back and entertain the audience like they did?

The set was short, but the crowd didn’t seem to mind, as the hour and fifteen minutes or so had done the trick. The energy that was produced on stage left everybody, including the bands, completely satisfied. The was no encore, but this seemed appropriate, as coming back from a cold stop would not have kept up with the flow of the evening.

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