Live Review: Deadmau5 "Meowingtons Hax" Tour — The Palladium, Los Angeles
Sun, 28 Aug 2011 11:20:49
Music needs a superhero.
A larger-than-life presence is crucial to keep the mystique and magic of the concert experience alive. You just don't get that with the congested bevy of hipster bands at the top of critics' year-end lists and at the bottom of the charts. Most of them look (and sound) like they should be writing term papers at Starbucks not rocking crowds.
There's just nothing "super" about spending way too much money on "vintage" clothes and ripping off The Velvet Underground over and over again. However, that's a digression...
Deadmau5 deserves a comic book, a spotlight signal, a cape or something to properly herald his arrival as the ultimate sonic superhero. Watching him at the Palladium in Hollywood on Friday during the second sold out gig of his four-night L.A. stint on The Meowingtons Hax Tour was simultaneously invigorating, intense, and inspiring.
Standing on a futuristic-style podium that wouldn't be out of place in the Death Star, Deadmau5 crafted a tight and transcendent two-hour set that blasted off beyond space and into a realm of electronic divinity only occupied by Daft Punk and Nine Inch Nails. There's no modern stage production out there in pop or rock that even rivals the "X" lights and full wall video screen behind the command center. The visuals tripped from psychedelic to gorgeously elegant. Lightning bolts would streak across the screen and appear on the artist's Mau5-head. In fact, Deadmau5 didn't just bring everything out of this world, he created his very own galaxy where all could escape to.
A smiley face would float across the screen as each light coordinated with a swell of synths, keyboard tap, or the artist's unique and unrivaled ability to spin. Hollywood hasn't even seen 3D like this until now. Michael Bay and James Cameron may want to take note…
Then of course there were the songs. "Raise Your Weapon" broke from an eerie calm of bass swells as Deadmau5 slowly waved his hand while orchestrating the aural movements. As the audience sang back, the lights dropped again, and suddenly a slamming glitch groove overflowed from his podium and an avalanche of bright colors matched the improvised dubstep wizardry.
As Sofi gave a fiery performance center stage on "Sofi Needs a Ladder", Deadmau5 cast his head aside and kickflipped across the stage to the crowd's delight. A cavalcade of house wizardry fueled "One Trick Pony", and Deadmau5 infused the beats with even more of that enigmatic energy only he can muster. Let's not forget the dreamy haze of "I Remember", which could've hypnotized even the Tazmanian Devil.
At points, flashes of "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" and "Tiny Dancer" piped in, only further aligning Deadmau5 with those musical deities. He's the god of electronic music now, and every moment of this show reaffirmed that status.
Walking away from the stage victorious, Deadmau5 didn't resemble Batman, Spider-Man, Superman, or any of the X-Men. He's his own animal and, as a result, he remains a hero for the Twitter generation.
Were you there?
See our review of Deadmau5's Live @ Earl's Court DVD here!