Andy Petr (Mixpak Records) began the night with a stoic live performance, exhibiting his own glitched and experimental techno with a dash of tunes from like-minded artists (such as Actress). The soundsystem at Santos did his music justice – nary a pant leg was left unflapped when Andy flexed his machines’ sub frequencies.
Tezeo, a new band from Brooklyn currently hard at work finishing their debut LP, provided the only vocal presence of the evening. Michael Beharie sang under sheets of reverb while balancing both guitar and keyboard duties as Jeffrey Cristiani guided the synthwave songs with a split electro-acoustic drum set. Together, Tezeo channeled the surly underbelly of 80′s synthpop, their songs never faltering in energy or emotion as they performed a solid set of material that we’re sure will sound great recorded and pressed on vinyl. Stay tuned for more info on that album…
Blondes took the stage around 9pm and did not stop until we were all kicked out of Santos. Sam Haar and Zach Steinman typically perform no earlier than 2am slots at massive electronic festivals (see them at MIDI Festival on July 28th), so catching the duo before midnight was a rare treat for Blondes fans in attendance. With an arsenal of analog keyboards, effect modules, and god-knows-what-else, they wove arpeggios and dub delays through deep kick drums that treated the dance floor and Santos’ system to a work out. Few electronic producers possess such live prowess as these guys, discrediting all peers who headline gigs with a laptop and pyrotechnics. Electronic dance music performed correctly, with more soul than your average four-piece band. Check out a mixtape they recently composed for Hors d’Oeuvres that offers a glimpse into their record crates:
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