Ladytron at House of Blues
U.K. synth group performs with SONOIO and Geographer
Friday night, September 23rd, English band Ladytron performed at the House of Blues with supporting acts Geographer and SONOIO in tow. Ladytron are touring in support of their latest album, Gravity the Seducer, which was recently released by Nettwerk Records. SONOIO is the solo project of Alessandro Cortini, a Los Angeles based musician who has been a part of the Nine Inch Nails lineup in recent years. The early attendees of the show crowded close to see Cortini play his songs crouched over several electronic instruments right at the edge of the stage.
Cortini was surrounded by a series of incandescent lights that were timed to go on and off with the songs that left him mostly in the dark and created a visual mood that matched his catchy and danceable electronic music. Remaining crouched down and playing with a hoodie over his head, Cortini seemed to be more interested in the audience experiencing his music as the marriage of the visual and the audio as opposed to experiencing him as a live performer.
Next up was Geographer, a San Francisco based three-piece band that plays a blend of sweet indie-pop and electronic music, punctuated by the falsetto of vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Mike Deni. Both Deni and cellist Nathan Blaz filled out the sound through the use of electronics and synthesizers. While some electronic elements were used, Geographer skewed more towards the sound of a typical band because of the use of analog drums, played by Brian Ostreicher. The crowd, which was beginning to feel dense at this point, took advantage of some of the more upbeat songs to start dancing. Based on the reactions to a few of the songs, it seemed that some people were most excited to see Geographer.
Ladytron took the stage to a crowd that had filled in considerably since the start of the show. While there are four members that produce their signature synth-heavy sound, lead vocalist Helen Marnie, dressed in a gauzy white tunic and heavily made up, was the focal point of the band’s performance. She was the only member that spent time away from her keyboard, dancing near the center of the stage while singing.
Ladytron played a mix of songs from their five full-length albums, with both the beginning and the end of their set drawing heavily on their albums Witching Hour and Velocifero. Newer songs were nestled in the middle between their well-known tunes. They even included their cover of Death in June’s “Little Black Angel” towards the end of the show. After a fantastically paced set, Ladytron returned for an encore of two songs that included the single “White Elephant” from their latest album.