Hailing from Baltimore, MD, Damn Right! opened up at the Blockley Pourhouse with a rolling slew of breakbeats overlaid with pop synth grooves and hip hop vocals. Now based in both Denver, CO and Philadelphia, PA, the trio consisting of Blake Mobley (Keys), Tommy Bradel (Drums/Beats), Jonny Fissinger (Bass), built up a momentum, from the beginning of their set, to a point of utter solidarity in their sound which was reciprocated blatantly by the crowds’ cheerful cry. Simply judging by the way Blake Mobley would twist and turn as he unleashed piercing synth lines, anyone could tell that they were throwing it all down for the love of it all. By the time they were finishing up their set, the Blockley crowd had grown to be a very respectable size.
From the moment, headliners, EOTO hit the stage it seemed as if the entire crowd became engulfed in a trance characterized by progressive yet metronomic beat patterns stirring up a variety of synth lines, samples, and loops. The live improvisational duo, consisting of Michael Travis (Keys/Synth/Melodies) and Jason Hann (Drums/MIDI), both of from String Cheese Incident, weaved through an eclectic array of sounds from atmospheric dubstep to breakbeat to drum and bass to psytrance to trip hop and beyond. The majority of their set was improvised on the spot, allowing rhythm and entrancing soundscapes to develop into body movin’ themes. The crowd seemed to be caught by every beat. No matter which electronic music genres you prefer, EOTO made sure you hit your groove. After the show, when asked about how he felt about the performance, Mark Travis responded, “There was a lot of energy in the room to feed off. I definitely felt supported.” All in all a great night was had by all.
Photos by StSteven of PhilipsPhoto.com, written by Hassan Azeez