It’s hard to know what to expect from a band when they’ve been MIA for five years. With a new album and tour, will their fan base still be intact? Will the band completely change their sound and totally lose their touch? It’s equal parts worrisome and exciting, a grab bag of music, so to speak.
This is how Electric Guest reemerged only a couple months ago at the beginning of this year, with several singles that seemed to have popped out of nowhere. But these singles, including “Back For Me” and “Dear To Me,” were more than what I expected from a band that fell completely off the radar for a number of years. They were funky and cool, and got me hyped for the record, Plural, that came out in February.
The record didn’t disappoint either; the band surprisingly managed to maintain their sound while also evolving it into something more current. Just a few months into 2017, I can already tell Plural is likely going to be one of my top albums of the year. It’s a fun and groovy record that’ll make you wanna dance. It certainly got me hyped up for their show. I wasn’t even going to be mad if they played mostly new songs.
At the gig, which was the closer/homecoming show for their 20-date tour, Electric Guest played for a sold-out Teragram Ballroom, with StubHub tickets starting at about $100 day of show. First, the show was opened by the super sick sister duo, Chaos Chaos. Never having listened to this band before, I was pleasantly surprised by the punky Bjork x Yeah Yeah Yeahs x Tegan and Sara feels they gave. Funny enough, I messaged the FemFest committee group chat that this group would be perfect for a future FemFest, only to discover that they played the first one ever (FemFest plug please come it’s April 8, EF Hutton Park, $0, wassup)! The drummer had mad skills, beating the heck out of her kit, and the lead singer also gave great presence, ending their set on the floor in the middle of the venue.
Next to come was Electric Guest. They were clearly more than ready to be home, as they recapped stories from the road and had a conversation with the flock of people before them. At one point, this dialogue got deep. The bass went out and the frontman, Asa Taccone, took over, using his best comedic savvy (fun fact: he has a history in comedy working on projects like The Lonely Island) and conversational ability to pass the time. This problem lasted kind of a while, but the crowd didn’t seem to mind Taccone’s little chat.
As the bass took its fall in the middle of the set, once it got under control, the band resumed their setlist of almost equally old and new songs. The crowd was pumped full of energy and there were even fangirls that braved the five-year hiatus standing next to me. With highlights including the uplifting “Oh Devil” and jazzy “This Head I Hold,” Taccone repeatedly stunned the audience with his stellar falsetto and dancing as he and his band delivered each and every tune.
HANNAH KOVENSKY, DJ
MYSTERY TIME, FRIDAYS 12-1 P.M.