◆ Date: June 6th, 2014
◆ Location: Baby’s All Right, Brooklyn NYC
◆ Music: Nullsleep, Starpause, D/A/D, Stagediver, Knife City (DJ set)
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The Shadowtravel tour had it’s second to last stop at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn. The venue is new (as of last October) and boasts a trendy Brooklyn aesthetic with a softly lit restaurant serving menu items such as Thai Fried Chicken and Black Truffle Gnocchi. The venue itself was clean and it’s dominant feature was the grid of glass bottle bottoms on the back wall making for a-one-of-a-kind lighting experience.
Knife City started the night out with a DJ set while a few of the regular chip crowd trickled in. Stagediver was first to perform and told the crowd that he wanted to make up for his performance the last time he was in NYC. His past performance was at Blip Festival in 2011 when he ended up destroying his amiga and throwing it into the crowd. His raw, hard beats reflect the signature sound of his Milwaukee-based record label, Radiograffiti.
Los Angeles musician, D/A/D offered a change of pace with his italo synthpop beats. His set was high energy and really fun. He played the Alesis Vortex and which took me back to the 1980s. He had the entire room dancing including his grandparents who watched his set from the back of the room at the merch table.
Starpause created a large projection screen by covering the back wall with a few white sheets. His original visuals were a combination of graphics, anime clips and home movies of his girlfriend’s turtle. His set had a very tribal flavor to the point where it would have been believable if it started to rain. He always encourages the crowd to get weird and dance like no one is looking. At one point he threw a pair of boxer briefs into the crowd. Fellow chip musician, Goferboy caught the boxers and donned them as a hat. In true Goferboy fashion it wasn’t long before he took his pants off and danced around in the boxers. Starpause threw a second pair of boxers which were caught by artist, Let’s Disinfect who also wore them over his pants proudly.
Nullsleep headlined the show. I found his set to be more tame than usual with deep melodic industrial tones which made me more inclined to soak in the music and meditate than dance. His performances are usually bathed in a blood red light however tonight there were many colors used by the venue. After a few minutes of shooting I changed my camera settings to reject color and capture in black in white. This monochromatic representation of his set was my own interpretation of his performance as both modern and nostalgic.