The Glitch Mob is currently on its largest tour to date. After a few bumps in the road, one actually taking a wheel right off their tour bus while in transit, the act arrived at Red Rocks to show off what they've been doing behind closed doors for the past few months.
Opening the night up with "Animus Vox" was a decent choice, as it offered a great indication of what direction the band is heading in. Just the same, the eerie hook was overplayed a bit by about twenty minutes or so -- it was at least that long before the outfit moved into a remixed version of "Nalepa Monday."
The Glitch Mob's set was short and exact, but the reality of it was that it just wasn't anything special. The set list was full of old songs that, after years of touring, are played out at this point. With a forthcoming album, anticipation for something new was high, but ultimately lowered when tracks that have been heard several times over came ringing through the sound system. Glitch Mob has a unique sound, and the band could really be elevated if the members pushed themselves in a more creative musical direction rather than just playing the same songs with a different lighting rig.
Speaking of the lights, the illumination for this set and the semi-choreographed dance moves made Glitch Mob seem a little boy-band-ish, almost as though the guys could conceivably end up changing their name to the GlitchStreet Boys. Apart from "West Coast Rocks," a mashup banger full of '90s rap samples, which was fun, and a cover of "7 Nation Army," which closed the show, Glitch Mob's set was pretty disappointing.
Lotus, on the other hand, was on point and pretty much stole the show. The act came out strong and fast with "Bellweather" and "Blacklight Sunflare," and although there was definitely an early peak somewhere between the latter tune and the segue into a long-winded jam that accompanied "Livingston," there was an insane fireworks show going off directly behind the stage in what looked like Golden or somewhere close by that made up for the pacing, which slowed down toward the end. As if planned, the fireworks in the distance occasionally matched the beats, drops and transitions, and the finale of "128" saw a great blast of fire in the sky, and we all were pretty much satisfied that Lotus stole the night.
Com Truise and MiMosa held things down in between Lotus and the New Deal and had a difficult time getting a grasp on the audience. MiMosa hits Colorado all the time, and every time it has so far, it's been hit or miss. At Red Rocks, there were a few bass-heavy moments of pleasure to be had, but ultimately, it was mostly a lot of loud rap tracks with some heavier bass drops. While it's always fun to hear Lil Wayne full blast, MiMosa didn't really show off his skills on the controllers and more than anything just rapped the lyrics and bounced around behind his mixer. If you listen to his studio tracks, they showcase a broader range of his skills, but his live shows are always lacking something in liveliness.
The New Deal kicked things off earlier in the evening and played its penultimate set in the Centennial State. Aside from a guy "fishing out" in the front row while it played -- undeterred, no less -- the band's set was decent, if not completely memorable. Granted, this was New Deal's last show in Colorado aside from the after-party at the Fox following Red Rocks. Appropriately, keyboardist Jamie Shields struck each key as if it were his last time, often standing and jumping, feeding the crowd, which was still filing in at that point, with his energy.
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Personal Bias:The Glitch Mob was great on Halloween, and this show was very similar. Random Detail: An after-party at the Fox Theatre with Eminence Ensemble and J.Wail and Chuck Morris of Lotus opening for the New Deal's final Colorado show apparently went until 4 a.m. or later. By the Way:Hope the seizing guy is better, because he was foaming at the mouth pretty good when he was being hauled off on a stretcher. Front row, too.