Friday, July 20, 2012

Beat Connection Turns a Listening Party into a Dance Bash at Reef

Posted By on Fri, Jul 20, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Vancouver, British Columbias Teen Daze left the audience in a stupor.
  • Andrew Crisp
  • Vancouver, British Columbia's Teen Daze left the audience in a stupor July 19.

Indie electro music often suffers from a stage presence problem. The two-dudes-with-laptops snorefest often fails to elicit a response from the audience unless the room is dark and the strobe lights are numerous.

Nowhere was that more apparent than the Reef on July 19.

Vancouver, British Columbia's Teen Daze, aka Jamison Matt Halverson, bounded on-stage, gave a brief introduction and launched into his first track with little fanfare. While Halverson was skilled at turning the tones of his Macbook into glittering electronic vignettes, the dance floor remained mostly empty.

In similar fashion, he hopped off the stage after his final track, switching places with Los Angeles, Calif., tourmates, White Arrows.

The quintet lugged its expensive, shiny equipment on stage, including three Fenders, a beautiful Orange Amp, a bevy of pedals and digital gear.

Things were different from the moment the group launched into a percussion-heavy track—the dance floor quickly began to fill up. By blending analog and digital elements, White Arrows' stage presence inspired mandatory movement.

"This is our first show in a tiki bar," said frontman Mickey Church.

But it was headliner Beat Connection from Seattle that pulled the biggest crowd in front of the stage.

The quartet was subdued when it began its first song. However, the band let its songs flow into one another as though it were a seasoned band's jam session. The audience paid them back by shaking it on the dance floor.

"Thank you for dancing," Beat Connection told the audience before its final song, just before midnight. "I think you may have danced more than anywhere else on this tour."

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