Black Tiger Sex Machine Brought Their Church to Chicago
In the midst of the electronic music craze, few artists stand out as truly original. Black Tiger Sex Machine are one of the few. They have made a name for themselves by combining an amazing mix of music with a flare. With signature ominous LED tiger masks and music that is the definition of bounce, this trio is on their explosive Music is our Religion Tour. Last week, they hit Chicago’s Concord Music Hall and it was one of the hottest shows so far this year.
With a Door time of 11 pm, tons of people were lined up down the block of Milwaukee Ave, eagerly awaiting the late show to begin. With such a late start time, there was no time to waste on an empty venue. The entirety of Concord was full before the line outside was finished. The start of the night went fast and hard. The supporting artists had short set times, yet packed them with all they could give. Dabin brought versatility to the night, playing a mix of dubstep, future bass, and even some trap remixes of 90’s favorites. The whole crowd couldn’t help but sing along when he brought out his guitar and played his special rendition of Outkast’s “I’m Sorry Miss Jackson.” Dabin was a suitable warm up for Black Tiger Sex Machine, with unique flares of his own that truly made a lasting impression on the crowd.
Following Dabin was the main event. BTSM came out with guns blazing, and a new stage setup that echoed their music; harder, faster, and more demanding. In a world where genres of electronic music become fad sensations, Black Tiger Sex Machine are the definition of bounce and have mastered it regardless of which fad might be cool at the moment. Each track made the entirety of the Concord hop around and dance in unison. Several times throughout the night, the crowd even echoed the beat as they chanted “B.T.S.M!” over and over while they bounced and danced.
All three members of BTSM have their own personal style. We saw this back in October when they played a set at evilOlive and switched off the decks rather than playing as a crew. Such a versatile group means that their remixes range from pop to electro to rock and back again with seamless ease. They played originals and new releases like their newest track “Hell Motel,” as well as intricate remixes of groups like Designer Drugs, Bassnectar, and Prodigy. Unlike the evilOlive, they played like a well-oiled machine with a little more dubstep than we usually see. Their drops alternated between high and low BPMs, leaving the crowd guessing as to what will happen next. Regardless of how fast or slow, the entire crowd was dancing, even BTSM. By the end of the set, whether it was the heat or sheer enthusiasm, all three members took their masks off to simply jam with everyone. No frills, just rage, and it was clear that these guys love what they do. They have never ceased to amaze and enthrall a crowd, which is why their popularity continues to rise and their “Church” group on Facebook has grown exponentially since their tour began. Catch them at the rest of their sets across the country, tickets can be found here, dates below.