With toils and trouble all through Chicago, there was only one concert that could spook like no other. Down in the loop there brewed chaos as witches, zombies, ghosts, ghouls and even Max (from Where the Wild Things Are) s wormed the Auditorium Theater looking for life in the night. Antsy, wide eyed faces looked upon stage as the chords were summoned to be played. It was All Hallows' eve mysterious and true; as beats and melodies of three bands cast their spell onto a population of ragers ready to dance the night away.
The band Holy F*CK opened and kicked off the intensity of the evening. The Canadian band filled the theater with electronic sounds and beats in a unique way; they don't have the presence of a synthesizer. They played well and were entertaining to the wanderers that began to populate the theater. This added a great start of the night and giving an electronic charge for the continuance of great beats to come.
As the populous of the Auditorium continued to flow in, The Glitch Mob hit center stage. Unique sounds and a diverse, entertaining form in putting forth their beats. The band members each on stage with computers mixing, being well in sync with one another truly defines the talent for this band. Using new age technology to create the music and hyping up the crowd with heavy and climactic songs. These guys have quite a stage presence as well, they are jumping around and coinciding perfectly on stage as the density of the crowd thickens and the beats continue to flow from these three fellas. The California based band brings a lot to the Chicago scene and builds the fright of the night up a bit while they roll out their funk and celebrate the technological advancements which new age music has turned to. Ooah "The Mob Boss", Boreta "The Ice Man" and ediT " The Crunk Master Himself"; all rock the stage to jump start heads moving back and forth. Celebrating the evening with great music and much more for the audience to look forward to as Glitch Mob slid off stage and the Bisco rage was in the making.
Though personally my experience with the Disco Biscuits is barely existent, this band was frighteningly entertaining to this Halloween. Even those who don't have a huge draw to electronic instrumentals could dance the night away in their fairy costumes and their superhero wardrobes. These guys put on a great show; with colorfully striking buildup and breakdown in their songs as well as unparalleled use of melodies. This band, defined as "trance fusion" delivered a spin chilling evening of funky, sexy, dance music to quench the thirst of Chicago's electronic cravings. The band began by playing their tune, "Strobe lights and Martini's". As the set continued the audience howled louder as the night grew deeper into rhythm.
The movement in the crowd went on as "Pimp Blue Rikki" induced the steps. The auditorium filled as you glanced and saw colors and characters of all varieties. Going to this show seemed so entertaining just to have gone to see all the craziers in their creatures and creations they planned for the evening. The set progressed classically with electronic jam style that the band is masterly with. Jon Guttwillig spooked the strings on the guitar all evening. Marc Brownstein perfected the bass sound into the funk while Alan Aucoin blew away drum beats and Aron Magner livened up the tunes with the keys. The band synchronizes stupendously. Originating from the funky town of Philadelphia, they definitely brought a lot of their groove to rage the Chicago crowd this Hallows' Eve. Pushing on in the set they busted out with "Flash Mob" into "Mindless Dribble" pouring out "Caves of the East" rolling back into "Mindless Dribble". The set was a hit as the audience shook in their boots and hooted for more while ending the first round with "Confrontation".
As the lights beamed on for set break, impatient wanderers didn't have time to miss the band staring and meeting the strange encounters of characters. When the band came on though, the crowd let them know they were missed as the light show mesmerized the over lookers and the beams creeped along the balconies frightening masked faces. The Biscuits roared with a "Stone" set opener, moving ahead with the themed song for the evening; "The Devil's Waltz". Dressed crazily themselves on stage, the band didn't live down the holiday what so ever. The set belted on with "On Time" then completing the dyslexic variation of "Confrontation. The set survived to roll the heads of the dance fever that diseased the attendees of this show. The song "Spay paint" into a funky "Tricycle" then returning into "Spray paint"; raged the evening on as the band continued the eerie theme of the eve. "Spy" sustained the vibes of the music that had drifted through hear to hear. Closing the second set they band bumped out a Smashing Pumpkins cover of "I am One"; a trance version, entertaining and novel to the bands style. The show was a great success, as the lights dimmed and the craving for one last dose was near.
The spectacle came to a final hoorah as the band came out to finalize the livetronica flare for this ghostly appearance in the windy city. " Save the Robots" built up the crowd for a final uplift and breakdown of the night. They closed the lively spooky show with "Run like Hell" and gave thanks to those courageous enough to sit through the horrifically amazing music that ran through the brains of the audience. The show overall was a bloodcurdling paramount of success for the Disco Biscuits and the opening acts as all the goblins and monsters dispersed through the city streets awaiting the reawakening once again of this class act to rage the night.