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MUSIC» Live: Surfer Blood/The Drums at Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL - Remember when Weezer used to put together records that you could sing along to and rock out to? That's what Surfer Blood's show was like!
"Basically, shit is about to get real fucked up right now," boomed a voice over the PA as the opening notes of Gary Jules' "Mad World" played and hypeman, DJ, keyboard player, and bass player took the stage. As Mr. Dibbs began to fluctuate the speed of the record, El-Producto took the stage in an orange jumpsuit, blood streaming out of his ears: the perfect uniform for his fucked up world of paranoia.
"Tasmanian Pain Coaster" kicked things off, and an immediately notable truth was that El-P is one of those MCs who doesn't need to scream when performing live, making his stage voice sound thankfully similar to his recorded voice. "Smithereens" took over next, and El-P's energy matched that of the song - he's not tall, but he packs a tight, taut, ball of energy into his stance, commanding the crowd with ferocity and a sense of humor. Older classics like "Deep Space 9mm" and some Company Flow material punctuated the Sleep-heavy set, which relied more on the DJ than the live band members. He took a brief break from rhyming to rail against the military, to the delight of the crowd. He's smart, but tough: "Yeah, I wear a backpack, so what? I'll still punch you in your shit!"
Midway through "Drive," there were some technical problems and the music cut out. Not missing a beat, El-P finished the song a cappella. Problems solved, more or less, the rest of the show went off with the energy level at which it started, proving that El-P is both microphone fiend and record exec. SEE ALSO: www.definitivejux.net
Jonah Flicker writes, lives, drinks, eats, and consumes music in New York, via Los Angeles. He once received a fortune in a fortune cookie that stated the following: "Soon, a visitor shall delight you." He's still waiting.
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