I’m not a regular concert goer. It usually takes an act I really love for me to buy a ticket to a show and I much prefer shows at quaint venues over massive stadiums because if I don’t have to fight in a huge line at the bar for a drink and I’m that much closer to the performer(s) then I’m a happy camper. Monday night’s Chromeo show at House of Blues covered all bases and did not fail to impress on any level for me. So glad I bought my tickets when I did because it was sold-out upon arrival at the will call booth. The opening acts for Chromeo were Telephoned (one of the best cover bands you’ve never heard of) and HOLY GHOST!.
Telephoned consists of Sammy Bananas and Maggie Horn and like all cover bands they bring their own flavor to the songs they perform but what I especially liked about this duo was the energy they brought with their performance and the way they tweaked the songs they covered blew my mind. At one point they did a slow and sultry cover of Night by Night as an homage to Chromeo which I’ve since been playing nonstop in my car. Maggie looked crazy sexy on stage swaying that delicious derriere of hers to and fro I might add. Definitely keeping an eye on these two and they’re on the Fool’s Gold label.
Next up was HOLY GHOST! which I really wasn’t all that familiar with before this show but they definitely earned my appreciation after their turn on stage. One of the most memorable moments of the night was when they played Hold On. I can’t get enough of the keyboard/synth reverberating on that track. I’m sure they’ll be headlining their own shows soon enough.
Finally came Chromeo! Truth be told, they’re still not a very commonly known group but perhaps it’s better that way. I wouldn’t want them too spoiled by success and drifting too far from their retro roots to cop mainstream appeal. Chromeo is exactly what the world needs right now; A Jew (Dave 1) and an Arab (P-Thugg) who produce great music that people love (wouldn’t the world be a better place if there were more Arab/Jew collaborations?). I was pretty inebriated by the time Chromeo got on stage, but I remember they rocked the house and the crowd went nuts when they played my favorite track of theirs–100%. I will make it a point from here on out to see Chromeo live whenever they come to town because they’re just that good. Now if only Sebastien Tellier would do a show near me, and I’d be a happy man.