The Glitch Mob

Published On July 20, 2011 | By Kymbo Slice | Music

It’s almost time for the return of The Glitch Mob, whose 2010 show at The Rex was surprisingly fantastic. The name alone is somewhat of a turn off, as glitchy electronic music isn’t quite my bag. Their 2010 debut album Drink The Sea marked a significant turning point in both the production and aesthetic of their music. Their drum programming has drifted away from being “built on fader-cracking break beats, rave synths and enough jittery edits to make ‘80s-era Rob Lowe feel like he should slow down for the night” and more towards “ominous toms and a reverb-heavy spaciousness between the beats” -The LA Times.

What I remember most from last year’s performance were the drums, which were at times so dense that I could feel my heart drop to my knees. I hadn’t seen too many live electronic acts perform with drums before that, but I was certainly hooked. The added entertainment value of The Glitch Mob’s instrumentation, such as the guitars and drums, totally upped the performance value. These guys hail from the infamous Low End scene, which has also been responsible for the birth of well-known peers Flying Lotus, Nosaj Thing, Baths, Shlohmo and Daedelus. That’s quite a roster to live up to, but the trio has competed with the hype quite nicely.

For those of you unacquainted with the Mob, I wouldn’t suggest peeping anything on Youtube. None of the videos I could find do them proper justice, so you’ll just have to come to the show next weekend to see for yourself.

Joining them will be Phantogram, who also played in Pgh last year at Mr. Smalls. I will be curious to see how they’ve stepped their game up during their live show, as it was a little sleepy. This is not to say that their debut album isn’t fantastic, because it is. I just thought it was more conducive to listening to on my headphones rather than live. I also thought seeing them in a smaller space would help. Regardless, this package of performers is well worth the $20 ticket price. If you aren’t familiar, check out one of their best tunes:

Com Truise is one of Ghostly International’s rising stars. He’s had spots on both DC’s 2011 Forward Festival and Detroit’s renowned Movement Festival, playing to very large crowds eager to wrap their ears around some new music. While I find the name to be a little cliche, yet clever at the same time, I think Com Truise will grow on me with time, much like label mate Mux Mool has. His lol-enducing tagline, “Melting Circuits since 1985” is kinda cute. You can stream his album Galactic Melt in its entirety here. Pitchfork gave it a 7.3, so it can’t be that bad, right? ::rolls eyes::

Supporting this date are the one and only Lauren G and Nikkels, aka Spoilers. This duo needs no introduction and has been making moves in the Pgh scene as the primary creators of the VIA Festival. They’re also great deejays as well. We aren’t going to beat a dead horse with this one, so hop on over to yesterday’s post to see what these cats are all about if you’re so inclined.

Stay tuned for our next Party Pooper giveaway in which we’ll be giving away a pair of tickets to the show!

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