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Phutureprimitive & Shpongle Live

Thoughts from a non-Shpongle listener. Venue was The Old Rock rHouse, St. Louis MO.
Sub Conscious

The show kicked off with some local talent, a DJ who stuck to laid back/chill dubstep tunes. It helped set the mood, as we wandered and checked out the lovely venue, but honestly they could have just out a mix CD in; he only played for 30 minutes. I like to buy merch before the show starts, soon I had a Shpongle hoodie, black Phutureprimitive tee, as well as the bands latest LP. Chatted to the merch guy to pass time, apparently people don't often buy as much tour stuff as my girlfriend and I, who knew?

If I hadn't been paying attention to the stage area we might have missed the beginning of Rain's set; the man just walked out to his laptop and effects box and started right in without any announcement over the PA system. Luckily most people were there for Shpongle so the dancefloor wasn't packed tight, it gave us an excellent view of the man I paid good money to see. Primarily sticking to material from Kinetik Rain had a surprising amount of stage presence, weaving back and forth with the music as he cued various effects and the like. A definite highlight was when he slowed everything down as his remix of "Mad World" started, telling the crowd that they should sing along. His set ended all too quickly, and after and hour it was time for the main event to begin.
Are You Shpongled?

Simon was playing without the band, but that didn't mean he was "alone." Situated above everyone was a giant mask-like booth, and for the entire show it was lite up with an always changing kaleidoscope of psychedelic imagery. The real highlight of this was when the booth would take on the image of a giant mask, as the eyes were a bit angrier and the entire effect was quite dark; seeing it shake was apparently too much for my tripping girlfriend as well.
Tales of the Inexpressible

I hadn't listened to much Shpongle before coming to the show, but I left with a profound belief that their music is much better live/on a good sound system. The bass-ier tracks really rolled over the weaving dancefloor, and Simon was nice enough to give short breaks in the form of soft, downtempto interlude type songs. There was a lot of drugs on the dancefloor as well, some were even lighting up while moving to the beat.
5 Sphongle
Nothing Lasts... But Nothing Is Lost

A real highlight for me were the latin influenced dance numbers, fast paced trancey bass lines filled with flamenco guitars, clapping, and a fair share of various vocal calls. The crowd really picked up momentum at these moments, seething faster than before. It was quite something, as there really was nothing for it but to dance when those tracks were played; the music's calling was so strong. Another highlight was a 30 minute + remix of "Divine Moments of Truth," the track never ending as he brought in various other songs only to overlay the famous vocals from the title track on top of them. Simon's eyes and facial expressions throughout the show really helped sell his music; looking like a Mad Hatter in a top hat adorned with feathers the mans eyes were always moving as he sung along with his music or made faces at his various equipment.
Ineffable Mysteries From Shpongleland

The night ended with Simon coming out from behind the booth and shaking hands with the crowd, a really personal tough I didn't quite expect. Luckily for me the show ended before the 2am cutoff time, as 5 hours of Shpongle would have proved too much for this man (I had to be sober, designated driver and all that). The crowd was at least a good hundred or so strong still, and most of them went outside to smoke once the events ended. A smaller show than the rest of the groups tour, but they still made some good money at the door. Ironically enough I knew I wasn't going to be a huge Shpongle fan when I walked out the door and immediately started humming "Artillery" from Infected Mushroom.
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