“When a fire starts to burn, right?!, and it starts to spread…”
I will briefly get this out of the way, I don’t go to a lot of concerts, or rather should say, I have not been to a lot recently. For those of you who know me and how musically inclined I am, this makes no sense, especially since I am perpetually an advocate of music as a critical pillar of culture and human existence. I’ll say this: after last night, I intend to end that trend. Anyways, back to the matter at hand…
For the uninitiated, Disclosure, better known to their family and friends as brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence, are the impossibly young new UK pop/EDM duo that enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame in 2013. They released their debut album “Settle” last year featuring the smash hit “Latch”. This was the first “club” concert I had ever attended, so I went in with a bit of apprehension as to how interesting the show could be. I am happy to say that I was completely blown away and taken aback by how much fun the show was. Visually arresting, captivating dream-like. Just the tip of the iceberg when searching for adjectives to describe last night’s performance.
One piece of advice I must offer to you however is that you should go out and get their album, give it a few listens on your Beats by Dr. Dre headphones, and pick out your favorites. For me, the anticipation of hearing some of my favorite songs like “White Noise”, “Defeated No More”, and “F For You”, made the show soar to new heights. Go to Youtube right now and listen, no, treat yourself to all of these songs and more. As I said earlier, the AV portion of a performance like this is paramount, because really, when you’re attending an electronic or dance show like Daft Punk for instance, the artists are doing much of the heavy lifting on their consoles and Macbooks. All the special effects were stunning and the tech crew must be a proud bunch of MIT grads because the synchronization of the visuals, like fire bursting on the screen on “When a Fire Starts to Spread”, was amazing, and so was the perfection of the timing and sound levels.
Club music is supposed to be the soundtrack to Friday nights, put in place to help pulsate the energy, make you dance, and just create an overall exciting and fun environment. Disclosure marks all of these with a resounding yes. I can’t be the only one, and I wasn’t. These two virtuosos have really started to make a name for themselves on their rise to stardom and taking some of their friends along for the ride. Just this week, Disclosure performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, along with Sam Smith, one of their most promising partners in rhyme. In reality that was really the only major disappointment of the night, the absence of Sam Smith and his ridiculously effortless vocals on “Latch”, but with a hectic schedule of world travel and a US tour, paired with the fact that he is currently recording his own solo debut album for release in May, made his presence impossible.
Ask yourself some of the following questions: Do you enjoy having a great night out with your friends? Do you like to dance? Do you like good music? (yeah! yeah!) Do you like finding common ground with a thousand other individuals who also have great taste in music? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then do yourself a favor and go on your computer right now to find out when Disclosure will be performing in your area. They are even better live, they’re fun, they’re exciting, and if this is where popular dance music is heading, save me a seat. This concert singularly changed the way I look at the potential for live shows in this genre of music.
Overall rating: 9.5/10