There are bands that make dance music then there are bands who can make you dance. Canadian duo Chromeo combines the two in spectacular fashion. These rhythm makers that produce booty shakers, Dave 1 (David Macklovitch) and P-Thugg (Patrick Gemayel), have been making music for a decade now and have damn near perfected their sound. Touring in support of their soon to be released album, White Women, Chromeo packed packed the House of Blues in Dallas for a night of dance, a night of fun, and simply put, a night they will never forget.
Chromeo are pretty straightforward when it comes to their performance: make you dance. It didn't take long before they accomplished their mission. Entering into bright flashing lights and a looping vocal track, Dave 1 and P-Thugg took their place behind their respective two-legged keyboard stand. The crowd was at a fervor when the duo jumped into the pulsating "Night by Night". Flanked by horizontal beams of white light, Dave 1 and P-Thugg were totally in sync, creating a perfect combination of funk and pop. Dave 1 spent most of the night, strutting across the stage, playing his chromed-out guitar while P-Thugg was nestled behind his synths and keyboards, keeping the pulse of the funk alive while complimenting Macklovitch's vocals with his talk box action.
The night's set was a great mix of old a new, as the band jumped out with classics in "Night by Night", "Hot Mess", and "Tenderoni" before performing one of their latest tracks, "Come Alive". And no album in the Chromeo catalog went untouched as the duo performed everything from She's In Control's "You're So Gangsta" to five songs from White Women, including "Sexy Socialite" and "Frequent Flyer". The 75-minute set was perfectly orchestrated, leaving no time wasted and the dance floor fully engaged. There are few bands that can match the intensity and flat out enjoyment of Chromeo, something I learned firsthand last night. If you have never caught Chromeo live, this is your chance. Check out their tour dates here and make sure to bring your boogie shoes. Because you'll definitely need them. TOKiMONSTA opened the show with a blend of pop and electronic songs infused with precise beat manipulation and overall good mixing. Photos of the show are below:
Chromeo @ House of Blues, Dallas, TX Reviewed by Scott Rowe, Editor on 4:00:00 PM Rating: