Friday Night on Thursday Night with Flume [Review]
For those of you who’ve never made the trip out to Denver, there is a lot of cool stuff here. Beyond the 65, now 73, recreational marijuana dispensaries, we also have more live music venues than Austin! Since moving here, I’ve been to amazing shows at all of the big Colfax venues: Bonobo at The Fillmore, Flying Lotus at The Ogden, and recently The Black Lips at The Bluebird. Last night, I finally got the opportunity to visit their strange cousin in Englewood, The Gothic Theater to see Flume joined by Option4.
The Gothic was originally a movie theater that was built in the ’20s. They’ve got a bunch of different levels and balconies, which ensure you never have a bad view of the band/DJ/other performance. The interiors are very Art Deco and reflect the remodels that each one went through in the ’90s. The Gothic, in particular, has these wavy rooftops with a red light peaking out through the cracks.
I step in the venue around 10pm, and Option4 (a really great local deep house producer & DJ) is wearing a Celtics jersey and dancing behind the decks like a madman. He’s playing a partied up set for the flailers in the building, and I grab a Mama’s Little Yella Pils from the bar. Option4 stops, lights come up, and I converse with people in the crowd about Flume and other music they’re into. Lots of What So Not and How To Dress Well fans. I ask if they’re into The Weeknd so I can bring up that he’s Canadian and so am I.
Flume takes the stage around 11pm, and the crowd goes wild. He drops “Insane” and “Space Cadet,” and the sweaty tweens are dancing their asses off. Harley Streten’s skills on stage are unbelievable. I think, because every track on the album sounds like a single, he has no problem bending and shaping them together, adding in a trap drop here and there before the next insanely memorable hook from his self-titled debut. Flume’s set is just what I wanted from him, a reworking and remixing of the tunes you know and love from his album. The light and visual show was outstanding too; he’s managed to capture the look of his album cover(s) in a display light and video show in a way that makes you feel like you’re in the album cover…somehow.
As the tattooed 16 year olds swayed to future electronic soul vibes, I hung out in the back and talked to people about Sensible Reason and other such music-related stuff. For his encore, Flume dropped two outstanding remixes I’d never heard before of Major Lazer’s “Get Free“ and also a tune off the BIG Flume mixtape (Why are these always Biggie or Jay-Z? Why never Tupac? Maybe east coast hip-hop production lends itself to these albums – I don’t know).
When the last song finished and the lights came up, I said goodbye to the Gothic, but I will be returning on Sunday for Snoop Dogg’s Red Rocks afterparty DJ set.
Flume Upcoming Tour Dates
Fri. April 18 – Indio, CA @ Coachella
Sat. April 19 – Vancouver, BC @ Seasons Festival
Fri. July 18 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
Sat. July 19 – Toronto, ON @ Time Festival
Sun. July 20 – Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival
Thu. July 24 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
Fri. July 25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Tue. July 29 – Boston, MA @ Royale
Wed. July 30 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
Fri. Aug. 1 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Festival
Tue. Aug. 5 – Denver, CO @ Red Rocks
Thu. Aug. 7 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl
Thu. Aug. 14 – Hasselt, BE @ Pukkelpop
Fri. Aug. 15 – Biddinghuizen, AN @ Lowlands
Sat. Aug. 16 – Beaucaire, FR @ Positiv
Sun. Aug. 17 – Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg, DE @ Dockville
Wed. Aug. 20 – Nice, FR @ Theatre de Verdure
Thu. Aug. 21 – Charleville, FR @ Cabaret Vert Festival
Fri. Aug. 22 – Reading, UK @ Reading Festival
Sat. Aug. 23 – Paris, FR @ Rock en Seine
Sun. Aug. 24 – Leeds, UK @ Leeds Festival
Thu. Aug. 28 – Zurich, CH @ Open Ai