Monday, February 13, 2012

A Big Damn Dance Party with YACHT, Bobby Birdman and Atomic Mama

Posted By on Mon, Feb 13, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Atomic Mama members get their bodies out of the sun.
  • Atomic Mama members get their bodies out of the sun.

The Neurolux became the church of YACHT on Feb. 12. With YACHT's addictive, danceable pop ringing out over the crowd, Boise fully embraced the band's "temporary autonomous zone," a moniker for its live performances.

Prior to the main act, Boise band Atomic Mama took the stage. As always, its set walked the line between meandering, drowsy blues and gritty electronica. Dan Kerr and Jake Warnock rocked out with newly added drummer Stephen Gere, formerly of The Brett Netson band.

Robert “Bobby Birdman” Kieswetter took the stage next, alongside an '80s shampoo commercial cut into a dance video. With guitar, drums and synth, Birdman provided the segue to YACHT's seminary.

Bobby Birdman plays alongside a shampoo commercial.
  • Bobby Birdman plays alongside a shampoo commercial.

"Everybody take a deep breath," commanded Jona Bechtolt of YACHT. "Close your eyes; breathe deep."

The crowd followed as Claire Evans stepped forward to lead in a group chorus of "Shangri-La," each refrain repeated in unison. Many held lighters above their heads, and swayed side to side. After a set filled with dancing and boundless energy, Evans and Bechtolt took the stage to DJ until closing time.

Los Angeles-based YACHT has created its own cult following.
  • Los Angeles-based YACHT has created its own cult following.

"We're gonna play some weird music, we're gonna drink some white wine and we're gonna dance with you, if you're into that," Evans said to the concert attendees.

Short answer? They were.

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