After nearly three long, depressing years, the kings of glitch finally returned to the great state of Colorado for a massive two night run in Denver. The last time The Glitch Mob was in the Mile High State was in July of 2011 when they headlined an eclectic lineup of Lotus, Mimosa, and the New Deal at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater—a show that this blogger had the great fortune to attend. This time they would be supported by Salva & Grenier on Friday night and Penthouse Penthouse and the talented Ana Sia on Saturday at the slightly less epic, but locally renowned Fillmore Auditorium. Needless to say, as a super fan of the Glitch Mob from my first days of listening to electronic music, I had been looking forward to this show since I bought the ticket six months ago.
Though I had to miss Friday night’s show—which, I’m sure, was equally epic—I arrived at the Fillmore with butterflies in my stomach and a spring in step like I was going to see an old friend after spending years apart. Once inside, the energy and anticipation was palpable, the air thick with weed smoke and unadulterated excitement. As luck would have it, I found a perfect spot only a few minutes before EDit, Boreta, and Ooah took the stage and unveiled their new, state-of-the-art stage setup, The Blade, which is contains just about every piece of production equipment known to man ringed by a background of pinwheel-shaped drum-type objects. With their orange glowing beat pads tilted towards the audience so everyone can watch them at work, The Glitch Mob dove in to a 90-minute set showcasing their latest masterful release Love Death Immortality.
Beginning with ‘Animus Vox’ off their last album Drink the Sea, the set contained a perfectly executed mix of Glitch Mob gems like ‘We Can Make The World Stop,’ ‘Warrior Concerto,’ ‘Drive It Like You Stole It’ and ‘Fortune Days,’ intertwined with most of the songs from Love Death Immortality like ‘Skullclub,’ ‘Can’t Kill Us,’ and my personal favorite ‘Our Demons ft. Aja Volkman’. There were even a few rarities and deep cuts like their remix of Daft Punk’s ‘Derezzed’ from the Tron Legacy Soundtrack in addition to the recently updated and re-released ‘West Coast Rocks’. Despite being a little on the short side (the show ended before Midnight), the Glitch Mob definitely lived up to expectations and gave Denver one hell of a show to remember.
If you haven’t had the opportunity to see the Glitch Mob yet, I HIGHLY recommend that you get on it soon. Not only do they create a completely immersive concert experience with the help of their road crew and technicians, but they are one of those groups in the electronic music that completely transcend any notion of genre, of what’s popular, of cookie-cutter dance music. Like Bassnectar or Pendulum, the Glitch Mob stands in a class all their own, miles apart from other EDM. Over the years, they carved out a special place for themselves in the world of electronic music and in the hearts of their fiercely loyal fans. The Glitch Mob is and will always be one of my very favorite artists.
So for anyone who criticizes electronic music as requiring less talent than other genres, as just being a guy pressing play on an iPod, or as being an unartistic form of expression, I challenge you to see the Glitch Mob play live (and they do play LIVE), and then tell me that electronic music is cheap, easy, and unartistic—chances are, you won’t be able to. And if they are coming to your city, do yourself a favor and get ticket before it’s too late. And enjoy a free download of ‘West Coast Rocks (2014 Mix)’ while you’re at it!