LWLVL Festival 2014: Day 2

◆ Date: August  23rd, 2014

◆ Location: Villain, Brooklyn

◆ Music: L-Tron, monstervision, slime girls, IAYD, MENEO, Nullsleep, COVOX

◆ Visuals: Batsly Adams, Chromacle, Raquel Meyers, Rosa Menkman, vaporstack

◆ View complete photo set: http://bit.ly/1t4zyFV

The excitement from the pervious night’s show carried over as the Villain quickly filled up for the opening act. Minnesota native, L-tron was first to perform with Raquel Meyers on visuals. They started the night off right were we left it- fun live graphics, dancing, and chip tunes.

Next up, chip musicians Sievert (Jared Blondeau) and Yatagarasu/ Hexcrusher (Chris Monica) performed together as monstervision- a horror-themed surf metal band based out of Austin, Texas. Although they had a late start due to technical difficulties, they delivered a “killer” set. Performing with both game boy and guitar their performance was a ghoulish journey as they narrated a plot about the 100,000th year anniversary of Zalthar. Dutch artist, Rosa Menkman provided a stunning visual backdrop for the set. She is world renown for her glitch art and live performances.

The performance table was pulled to the side for the next act. Making their NYC debut, Slime Girls is a chip music band comprised of guitar, drums and the game boy. Based in California, this group has a punk rock aesthetic and it wasn’t long before the crowd whirled around in a mosh pit.

IAYD (I Am Your Destruction) is known for turning the heat up and tonight was no exception. His table was set on the floor of the venue rather than the stage allowing for the audience to dance around him. Things got crazy in an old-school Chiptune way reminding me of performances that took place in basements where the lines were blurred between the performers and the viewers.

One of the most anticipated acts of the night was Spanish artist, Meneo. He is known for his racy sets and for performing in the nude. His shock value was a welcome concept for the LWLV crowd as he chanted lyrics such as, “Tiger Woods is gay,” and “only the tip.” At one point he invited several members of the audience to come up on stage. Ever ready to stip of their clothes, fellow NYC- chiptune musicians Goferboy and Hedonism Bit were already stripped down to their underwear for the performance and hopped on stage. Meneo ran a sort of lesson on “picking up a can with your ass” which both musicians were more than happy to attempt with their PBRs. Toward the end of his set Meneo threw water on the crowd and said “it’s a wet dream” before dousing himself in water. In a blink, festival goers were stripping off their shirts and running on stage in what seemed like a sea of wet flesh.

Nullsleep deeply contrasted Meneo’s with his dark and heavy beats which rocked the walls of Villain. His instrument of choice is a Sequentix Cirklon with 6U eurorack. It’s a beautiful mess of wires that was unfortunately not fully viewable by the audience.  A LED brick faced out towards the stage flashing an incredibly bright light giving the viewer a desire to stare and simultaneously a fear of doing so. His visualist, Sara Ludy, created a dreamy, digital background of whirling vortexes and pulsating graphics. Her hues of blues and greens were a lovely contrast to the blood bath of red that was most typical of past performances.

Swedish chip legend, Covox was the final act of the festival. Performing both music and visuals in tandem, his set truly took the LWLVL crowd into another world entirely. Heavy techno music with  blasts of light and glowing shapes created a type of therapeutic experience as you lost track of place, time and sense of self. All that was left was the beauty of the beat.

L-Tron

L-Tron

L-Tron

monstervision

monstervision

monstervision

monstervision

Rosa Menkman

Slime Girls

Slime Girls

Slime Girls

Slime Girls

Slime Girls

IAYD

IAYD

IYAD

IAYD

IAYD

IAYD

IAYD

Meneo

Meneo

Meneo

Meneo

Meneo

Meneo

Meneo

Nullsleep

Nullsleep

Nullsleep

Nullsleep

Nullsleep

Covox

Covox

Covox

Covox

LWLVL Festival

Comments are closed.