If things don’t go as planned, it always helps to have, on hand, beer and a Boris. When monitor issues forced a delay and a last-minute lineup change that threatened to derail the headlining Junior Boys set, their own traveling sound guy came up with a workaround that saved the legendary electronic duo’s night.
As Jeremy Greenspan, one-half of Junior Boys told me after the show in the cavernous depths of the nearly hundred-year old Globe Theater in Los Angeles, it was far from an easy set.
“We played a lot shorter than we thought we were going to because I think the whole night everyone was having the same technical problems... I would say about ten minutes before.. .it was about 50/50 that we were going to play. We have a really, really talented sound guy... I make music with him, his name’s Boris, and so he just came up with a solution.”
Things didn’t work out quite as well for Kilo Kish, one of the more anticipated performers of a night which included the sweet soundscapes of How to Dress Well and the buzzed about DJ Chrome Sparks. Some of the late arrivals came for Kish in particular, and were disappointed when the decision was made to cut her set. “If you are at this show to see me the venue is having crazy tech difficulties and they are moving into the next set.” she tweeted out to her followers at 10:35 pm.
Of course, the night would have been brightened by Kish, a singular vocalist, visual artist, and textile designer. But the crowd seemed to take it well, maybe because they had beer. The full bar included an exclusive Kona Brewery tap list. Their Hanalei IPA was a favorite of mine as the hops were tamed by a pronounced, yet un-cloying fruit profile. DJ Eli Glad, along with that beer, put in some good overtime work keeping the crowd in the sweet spot for longer than anticipated.
One of the exciting things about live performance is that anything can happen. There are always happy accidents waiting to bubble to the surface. For fans of the introspective and soulful Tom Krell of How to Dress Well, the treat was a longer set of largely really fresh new works and a mesmerizing near-epileptic at times visual display.
By the time Junior Boys took to the stage all was well. Junior Boys have been around for awhile and although they deliver the trancey goods, their music has a muscular and analog quality to it, in part due to Jeremy’s robust vocals and the inclusion of live instrumentation that veers from a happy, garagey, sound to on the early ‘90s R&B tinged “Banana” to the heavy syncopated, tribal beats of the slightly dystopian “Love is a Fire.”
Thank you, Boris.
Junior Boys Setlist
Love is a Fire
Big Black Coat
Under the Sun