I’m not going to say I’m a great dancer. I’m not but that definitely doesn’t stop me from moving. I got my select moves, a personal name for each, and I like to whip them out whenever the mood strikes or better yet whenever the music entices. This past Sunday I saw Electric Guest live at the Paradise in Boston and needless to say I threw down.
If you’re a regular reader (and if you’re not, you ought to be) then I’m sure you remember that we’ve been all over Electric Guest here on Blind Mouse Entertainment. In fact we covered this soulful electro-pop act way back in May. Now don’t get it twisted, just because we liked them a few months ago does NOT mean they’re now passé. In fact like a fine wine, I must say that in my opinion the band has grown better with time. My first listen revealed what I once thought was a mediocre album with a few standout tracks. I am now here before you all as my witnesses to declare: I retract all my previous thoughts, particularly after seeing their live performance.
The night started on a high note, the band walked out to the delightful crooning of Dido (bizarre) and even lead singer Asa Taccone admitted that he wasn’t sure how he’d follow such a voice. Clearly modestly bluffing, he delivered and then some. Bursting into songs off their debut album “Mondo”, Electric Guest riled up a crowd consisting of an odd mix of local college students, Allston hipsters, and even some hip middle-aged moms.
Taccone brought the venue to life. His vocals seemed deeper and more lively than on the record and there seemed to be a true entertainers spirit in his performance and repetitive ska-like bass lines created a playful air. Dropping low into twisting dance moves and drawing the crowds eye from one side of the stage to the other Electric Guest encouraged everyone to dance along to upbeat tracks. Decisively placing their most dance-worthy track “This Head I Hold” ensured that everyone had plenty of time to accept the awkwardness of crowd dancing and embrace the music.
Additionally, the emotion conveyed in Taccone’s live performance, particularly on tracks like “American Dream” and “Amber” was very impressive. Perhaps only having one CD has allowed the band to develop a deeper connection with their songs that is lost on more seasoned and mature bands. Coming on for an encore the band funnily admitted that they we’re more than happy to keep playing but they only had one more track in their repertoire. Despite Electric Guest’s small catalogue I was entertained and really when you’re at a live show what else are you looking for?
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