Once again, this was the first time I'd seen the artist whose show I'm reviewing. Dubstep heroes Adventure Club brought down the house at the Fox Theatre in Pomona, CA last Friday, playing an expansive set including prog-house anthems such as Porter Robinson's "Language," Mat Zo & Porter Robinson's "Easy," original material and banging trap and hip hop. Their collab with Krewella, "Rise & Fall," spurred cheers all around, as did Krewella's classic "Alive." Even standing up in the mezzanine section, I could discern that their powerful sound and calculated set required a great deal of effort to pull off.
However, just as interesting as their varied setlist were their choice of visuals. A massive LED-lit stage riser that was part of the equally brightly-lit background illuminated in the shape of a shield, similar to that of Superman's, with the striking Adventure Club logo emblazoned across it. The light show itself was so intense and power-thirsty that at one point in the show, the electricity must have cut out for the whole venue went black. All one could see was the duo hunched over their CDJs and mixer, paying no heed to the dark expanse around them. One of them even yelled into the mic, "Let's start this dance party in the dark!"
As soon as power was returned, the Green Lantern logo flashed twice before burning brightly on the screen, and the crowd roared with excitement as Adventure Club, along with openers DVBBS, DallasK and Hunter Siegel jumped into the throng of people before the stage.
Adventure Club eased up on the intensity of the show only a couple of times, and in both instances, the love-step beats they dropped proved lighter-raise worthy as the dimly lit space below me (I was in the balcony area) flickering with the light of tens of Bic lighters clicking into place.
For their final bow, the duo returned to a starkly blue-lit stage and played their last song, their remix of Yuna's "Lullabies." The guys in the crowd yelled, the girls swooned. I've never seen a reaction like that. It's safe to say that even though these guys are established, they're only getting better and pushing themselves to be great live performers.
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(photos by Aseem Mangaokar)