Finally, stagehands began to unravel the giant tarp surrounding the humongous structure on stage. This thing is massive, absolutely towering over the people standing on stage. Pictures just don’t accurately do it justice. A huge, evil smile is created on stage via about 24 giant light up screens shaped like teeth. The DJ would then stand atop the smile in the middle, with a vast array of light up tubes behind him. As the music progressed, the ‘Teeth’ would project different images and animations synched up with the music. It truly was a sight to behold and makes the entire event a whole new experience. It was hard not to be fixated on the ‘Teeth’, wondering what could possibly happen next. Feed Me’s music matches the visuals in terms on intensity. He starts out with some slower beats while the lights remain generally stagnant. The tempo slowly raises into almost a progressive house sound – not at all similar to what we are used to from Feed Me’s studio work. Eventually, he drops that signature, hard hitting electro sound and introduces some heavy wobbly bass, inciting the crowd to near riot, while the lights flicker with crazy animations. As the set progresses, we are reintroduced to some of Feed Me’s classics like ‘Grand Theft Ecstasy’, ‘Cott’s Face’, and ‘Blood Red’, while the ‘Teeth’ managed to consistently top itself with new animations. In the beginning it seems like the ‘Teeth’ are simply an equalizer, but then it begins the illusion of bleeding, or of singing the lyrics, and it is just awesome. Highlights came towards the end, with an interesting Nero mash up of his ‘Innocence’ remix and ‘Crush On You’, as well as an encore of ‘Trapdoor’ off his latest EP, ‘Escape From Electric Mountain’.
Overall, this was an excellent show. Two items of note are one, the early start time which brought just a little bit of awkwardness to those used to dancing to this music into the early hours of the morning, and two, this crowd was just bizarre even for a darker EDM show. I could have seen anything in that crowd and not been surprised. It’s gotten to the point where these young kids feel the need to one up themselves and get into meaningless fights while trying to create mosh pits on the Terminal 5 floor. Other than that, 12th Planet gave New York one of his standard over the top party sets, and Feed Me’s ‘Teeth’ is a sight to behold. Barber’s set was good, but we’d all obviously prefer if he played the guitar.
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