By Kaitlin Perry
When a band (or group of DJs) has an album that has remained in the iTunes Top 20 for over one year is touring, show previews aren’t necessarily necessary. The Glitch Mob has obviously made their talent known, having played at Coachella, Lollapalooza and EDC among many other festivals. But, why? Doesn’t all electronic music sound the same? Don’t all DJs just remix other DJs’ songs? Fuck no. Such misconceptions are the reason that show previews become necessary. Besides the fact that the Mob has officially remixed big names like Daft Punk (whoa), and they can namedrop Bjork when talking about their incredible fanbase (jealous), it’s important to note that they are also considerate of their fans and people in general. I thought it was nice of the group to say this about their musical motives:
“We wanted to explore two very different feelings while keeping them in the same world – creating songs that are immersive in a live environment, but really make a great headphone listen, too.” – Justin Boreta
But then I read that they “donated” songs to help raise funds for Haiti. While it may be trendy for rock bands to donate money or play shows for charity, it’s not as common for DJs (at least to my knowledge). A band with a collection of such good hearts is guaranteed to play a show worth paying for, and that’s why you should see The Glitch Mob at the Belly Up on June 26th. Seriously, though. Seeing live DJ sets in a bar/concert venue is much, MUCH different than seeing them at a music festival. You’re surrounded by people that are there for the exact same band as you; people who aren’t planning on leaving halfway through to catch the end of someone else’s set. Sharing a Glitch Mob experience with such people is probably beneficial to your health and could positively influence your opinion of the current state of society.
If that isn’t enough to convince you to catch their show, maybe think of their music like this: It’s reminiscent of today’s trendy/irresistible dubstep sound, but mostly it’s authentic, classic electronic music that employs tribal drumming and that cool lemeur thing; the type of shit you want to listen to when you need to feel like a badass motherfucker who rules at dancing, partying and graduating from college. Check the video (if only YouTube could handle the bass). Though the song is slow, it has amazing beat delays/drops, which will obviously be nearly unbearably good live.
PS: Mob plans to release a brand new three-song EP on July 12th, titled “We Can Make The World Stop.”