Electron Makes A Triumphant Return To NYC
Electron came home again last night. The long-dormant trance-fusion super group, featuring Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner of The Disco Biscuits with Tom Hamilton of Brothers Past and Mike Greenfield of Lotus (pinch hitting for Sir Joe Russo), played New York City for the first time in a half decade. In the cozy confines of S.O.B.’s, an unsuspecting SoHo club not too far from the Wetlands where many Electron tunes developed, the group offered up soaring jams and fan favorites to a refreshingly rowdy Thursday night crowd.
Jesse Miller of Lotus started the night under his Beard-o-Bees moniker, blending live electronics and even a melodica with an upbeat DJ set. The blinking lights of his various sequencers melded with spaced out projections for a visually stimulating spectacle to match the block rocking beats.
The crowd swelled and the main act ambled on stage. A short sweet rendition of “Chemical Warfare Brigade” kicked things off, instantly infusing the atmosphere with that throwback thrill. A heavy hitting “Triumph” elevated the emotion. Tom Hamilton, a true guitar hero throughout the evening, led an enthused version of Brothers Past staple “Simple Gift of Man.”
An ebullient rendition of the tropical “Kamaole Sands” sandwiched the stellar second half of the set, when the group really hit its stride. A “Humuhumunukunukuapua’a” fake out preceded a solid “Grass Is Green.” The “Confrontation” was a necessary fake out, before “Humu” did drop, and the delightfully convoluted setlist wound back into an emphatic “Kamaole Sands.”
The second set predictably drew heavily from the Chemical Warfare Brigade songbook, not that there’s anything wrong with that. The songs are mostly classic Biscuits material and immersive jam vehicles. “Little Lai” quickly revived the energy of the room, which offered plentiful dancing space and decent sight lines. An ascendant “Shelby Rose” delighted and a “Three Wishes” bust out titillated song chasers.
The subsequent “Ladies” wrapped around “Rock Candy” featured one of the better jams of the evening, before an utterly cathartic “Home Again” inspired warm fuzzy feelings. The night ended, just as the previous night had, with an encore of Pink Floyd, as the wistful melancholy of “Fearless” punctuated an alternately exuberant and exacting affair.
I: CWB, Triumph>Simple Gift of Man, Kamaole>*Grass Is Green>**Humu>Kamaole
II: Lai, Shelby, Three Wishes, Ladies>Rock Candy>Ladies, Home Again
** Confrontation Fakeout
There are still two more nights to catch Electron if you missed them:
May 10 @ The Note, West Chester, PA — Buy tickets here!
May 11 @ Toad’s Place, New Haven, CT w/Business Casual Disco — Buy tickets here!