Girls and Boys, Webster Hall’s premiere dance music series had a special edition put together in conjunction with Big Beat on Friday, January 23rd. In honor of their newest album, Knife Party was set to grace the Grand Ballroom with their outrageous presence. Supporting acts included Pierce Fulton and Cash Cash. Needless to say, the night would be filled with banging tunes sure to keep everyone dancing all night.
As per usual the dancefloor was packed with the usual eclectic crowd: kandi ravers, people dressed to the nines and everyone in between filled every inch of the room. Pierce Fulton began his set at 12am on the dot and delivered lots of contemporary electro house. He even kicked it old school when he dropped a remix of popular 80s track “Jump” by Van Halen. It was also a pleasant surprise when Earth, Wind and Fire’s “Let’s Groove Tonight” was coming from the speakers- everyone sang along too!
Next up was Cash Cash, the NJ trio that also specializes in bumping electro. Their set covered a wide array of genres from trap and dubstep to trance and big room. They even played some classics such as Skrillex’s “Stranger” and “I Can’t Stop” by Flux Pavillion. Their visuals were also quite interesting and featured a bunch of manga and other random things. It was a great way for everyone to prepare for the main act of the night!
Finally, at the stroke of 2am the dynamic duo better known as Knife Party rampaged onto the stage and was ready to bring the onslaught of bass sure to keep people’s ears ringing for days! They had a dramatic intro that featured a boat horn – anyone who attended HOLY SHIP earlier this year probably thought they was an homage to them or it simply signified the name of their studio album- Abandon Ship. The beginning of their set was filled with many of their newest tracks including “Resistance” and “404.” They made sure to bring the energy and get people awake and moving. Towards the middle they brought it down a notch and played some minimal and mainstream tunes from the 2000s such as “Save the World.” It was awesome when they made everyone rock out a bit to Red Hot Chilli Peppers’ “By the Way.” When it seemed as though Knife Party wasn’t going to play any of the songs that really contributed to their rise in popularity they suddenly and unexpectedly switched gears to harsh, grimey dubstep that they are truly known for. Diehard fan favorites from 100% No Modern Talking and Rage Valley were played one after the other: ”Internet Friends (VIP remix)” blended into “Power Glove” and eventually segued into “Fire Hive,” “Destroy Them With Lasers” and “Centipede.” It was also refreshing to hear them play old school British dubstep which is characterized by really slow bass wobbles.
Without a doubt Knife Party gave dedicated fans and club junkies a solid 1.5 hour set that took them on a journey and showed their progression as artists. They kept everyone on their toes by adding material that was probably unheard and fresh. Those dudes know how to keep their fans going and made sure that everyone emptied their tanks by the time they were done!
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