Unfiltered Livid Bass: The Glitch Mob @ Danforth Music Hall
“Like, OMG, The, like, Glitch Mob was, like, so good.” – heard by no one except for me and my deafening ears. (So, in reality, probably everyone heard it.) While I probably won’t quote her word for word, the sentiment is shared. The Glitch Mob literally brought the house down.
Due to an ever-surmounting need to pay for things in life, work prevented me from playing witness to Chrome Sparks and The M Machine – both acts I’d previously seen but eagerly wanted to catch again. Tired and a little loopy from 9 ½ hours of work, I was bewildered upon seeing the crowd. There was chick in a blue tutu with bunny ears and buckteeth grills. Had Halloween come early?
Aside from that, I caught up with what little friends I had in Toronto and TGM (The Glitch Mob) began. The lighting, accurately positioned shadows, pent up aggression – “The Blade” made its entrance with its three creators. Their set started with unrelentless unfiltered bass and it only continued from there. TGM was pumped, the music was executed with precision, and their energy was tangible – even from the back of the dance floor.
Throughout the show you could come to understand why TGM never really identified themselves as one specific genre. You felt the ferocity of rock concerts at times, while tracks like “Can’t Kill Us” gave off some serious Nero vibes, then, when you least expected it they’d throw in some old-school Hip Hop (mad props). The graphics weren’t exactly anything to brag about but the landscapes projected worked in sync with the tracks to provide a feeling of grandeur.
The highlight, without a shade of doubt, was the ending and encore. They let it all out. The encore was a reprise of Love Death Immortality title track “Mind of the Beast” with an animation of their album artwork, the smoking samurai, which was most impressive.
I was promised a spectacle and that’s exactly what I got. Also, does anyone see the similarities between the HP Deathly Hallows symbol and the TGM symbol?