Review: Beats Antique at Irving Plaza
Beats Antique bewildered Irving Plaza at their sold out show October 25. The performance and visuals gave a surreal carnival atmosphere to the pre-Halloween festivities taking place all over the city. The crowd was packed tightly and people could be seen trying to score an extra ticket outside the venue. No one wanted to miss this show.
I entered Irving as opening trio Sorne was just about to finish up. They invited Zoe Jakes of Beats Antique onto the stage where she joined them with her big marching band bass drum. I had never heard of Sorne before, and in that brief moment of catching the end of their set I was really bummed I had missed most of it. They really grabbed my attention and rerouted me back to the music in my mission to grab a drink form the bar. Following Sorne, was the one-woman performer Ill-Esha. Her show featured original music chopped, screwed and beat-matched with live vocal effects and loops over top. Hearing a beautiful woman’s voice over uniquely produced live mixing really enamored the audience.
A show like this would have probably been better off at a bigger venue; as it got closer and closer to Beats Antique’s performance the crowd really packed in. Beats Antique is not only a musical experience, but a performing arts and visual experience and, although at times I was close enough to get a good look at the incredible stage performance, I feel that others were unable to partake in the same experience. It was hard to get a good look as to what was happening on stage if you found yourself in the back of the crowd or off to the side. The last time I saw Beats at this venue the crowd wasn’t so “sardined” in. There was plenty of dancing room and you could get a good view of band members Zoe Jakes, David Satori, and Tommy Cappel tearing up the stage.
Opening up Beat Antique’s set was a group of costumed modern dancers dancing to Nine Inch Nails’ new single Copy of A. Stage visuals were projected onto white boxes surrounding both David and Tommy. These boxes looked like tiny houses forming the shape of a small village from which they played inside of. Visuals were projected onto theses houses as well as the backdrop. These were probably some of the most intricately projected visuals I have ever seen.
The beginning of their performance was off of their new album, “A Thousand Faces: Act1,” but as the night ended they brought back some of their old hits; Cat Skillz Beauty Beats, Dope Crunk and Egyptic. I think the highlight of the night was when Beats played their recent collaboration with Les Claypool, Beezlebub (see the soundcloud clip below). Apart from playing their newest record, they also premiered a few tunes from their upcoming album, “A Thousand Faces: Act 2.”
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Photo Credit: Patrick Hughes Photography