These are some of the sounds heard Friday night at Webster Hall.
I’ve been maybe 12 times. Each time I go, I’m always rewarded with good music, a great time, and the opportunity to marvel at/participate in one of the most energetic, ratchet, dirty, often aggressive and admittedly fun-as-hell crowds I’ve ever witnessed. But at Girls + Boys on Friday night, the notoriously packed-out sold-out wigged-out main room was nothing but joyous.
Klingande and Nora en Pure have something to do with this. Playing a sold-out show on Friday, they dropped feel-good-banger after feel-good-banger; delivering vibes quite atypical for your standard Girls + Boys Friday night. Don’t get me wrong, I had just as good a time watching people mosh and rave to future-house producer and Holy Ship! destroyer Tchami back on January 30th – but to see two performers tear the roof off of Webster without the guys in front tearing each other’s faces off was something special.
[Editor’s note: I would know, those guys in front were my friends Greg and James, who returned to Webster the following night to rage (bass) face to ‘Downlink’. ]
Maybe it was just the ‘sax man’ and his awe-inspiring baller-ness, emerging from dark corners and into the spotlight, wearing a blazer and baseball cap, instantly captivating the attention of all with each appearance. Not only is Arnold Pol an awesome performer, he’s an expert in his craft as well. His solos were epic.
Maybe it was Nora, showing non-believers and basic bros that beautiful women definitely have a place in dance music (and it’s not on majestic casual): in front of the crowd, behind the decks, and absolutely killing it.
Maybe the general population’s taste in EDM is truly evolving, with grungy dubstep sounds on their way out, giving way to more musically-inspired…well.. music and *gasp* the occasional live instrument or two. This is something prevalent in other genres of dance music too – not just house.
Or maybe it was just the music itself, and a particular group of NYC dudes and gals perfectly disposed to get down to it. Either way, it was damn fun.