Inner Party System, Does It Offend You, Yeah?, and Kele
Being able to book the perfect lineup is a feat for any promoter or venue, but fashion magazine Nylon and their summer music tour managed to do it perfectly. Taking UK darlings, transplating them accross the Atlantic and having them play hip, more intimitate venues, made for a perfect night in New York City.
Inner Party System, although based in the U.S., was the perfect start to the night, playing some crazy electronic based indie music, but by no means selling themselves short by doing it all on a computer. Aligned with an array of instruments, from a drum, to a synth, to even things I didn't recognized, Inner Party System are just a band you can not help but dance to. Not only to the entertain the ears, but the eyes also. Inner Party System have become well known for their fascinating light shows during their performances. My only regret is that they were on so early, the crowd wasn't quite warmed up enough to rave out like this band deserves.
Does It Offend You, Yeah? came on after Inner Party System and this time the crowd was ready to rock out. The band however, was missing their lead singer because of illness, so the more indie based songs like hit 'Dawn of the Dead' couldn't be performed. Fortuneately, as an electro-indie band, Does It Offend You, Yeah? had plenty of arsenal to put on a great show, including dance rock his 'Rockstars.' By the time Does It Offend You, Yeah? left the stage, I was hot, sweaty, and still ready to dance.
Luckily headliner Kele of the Bloc Party fame, although still very electronic in some of his material, was a calmer performance than his two predecessors, but still lit up Webster Hall with his energy. He treated his crowd of 'new fans' to his two UK hits 'Tenderoni' and 'Everything You Wanted', a song he says is about regret. The 'old fans' got a treat too with a Bloc Party melody in the middle of his act, and two Bloc Party hits in the encore. His only mistake was wearing a Detroit Pistons shirt in New York City, which he explained in a very a camp voice, "I liked the color."
Although the alcohol was too expensive and the bathrooms were coed and plain out in the open of the venue, Webster Hall provided a great opportunity to enjoy some electro indie rock in an intimate setting that bands of this caliber hardly play. The energy was perfect and the atmosphere elevating.