Photograph by David Thai from Vancouver show
Two Modular Records bands in two weeks with the Winter Music Conference in between? Can we say music overload? I’m rather a bit drained, but honestly, should I really be complaining? On April Fool’s night, The Golden Filter and The Presets performed at the 9:30 Club. Doors officially opened at 7pm, but according to 930’s site, the first act started at 8:15.
My friend and I arrived just in time to hear ‘Moonlight Fantasy’. Throughout the act, the lead singer, Penelope had her hair covering her face. I take it she wanted to stay consistent with the mysterious vibe the band portrays. Other than the group’s home base being situated in New York City, not much else is known about them. After ‘Moonlight Fantasy”, a few unrecognized tracks were played. Trying to follow along with the lyrics, they were definitely not ‘Favorite Things’ nor ‘Hide Me’. Strategically, this was a good way to build up hype for their final track, Solid Gold. The Golden Filter closed with the most appropriate single to get everyone in the dancing mood. Penelope and company then thanked the audience and a short intermission began.
By 9:18pm, set up for the Presets had begun and the crowd that was once a bit intimate now became too close for comfort. DC does indeed love Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes, aka the lead men for The Presets. It must be the vignette we got back in late September when they opened for Cut Copy. Julian and Kim came on stage at exactly 9:30, gave a quick shout out to DC and commenced with ‘Talk Like That’. The boys don’t believe in build up, they wanted DC to pogo it up and get their sweat on immediately,
The next single up was ‘Yippiyo-Ay’, another highly energetic track that had parts of the audience following suit in Julian’s pantomimes. In sync, I saw some guys and gals going “Oooooh crack!” and “Ooooo pop!” in unison with Julian. To switch things up, the 4th single played was ‘Girl and the Sea’ from their debut album, Beams. Despite the tune being on the mellow end, the audience on all levels of 930 were still dancing away. I felt as though Julian and Kim were onto something as soon as they hit us with “If I Know You” as the next track. By 10:10, Julian and Kim were definitely feeling the crowd’s love when everyone was clapping along to “Are You the One?”
Moments later, my friend had asked me, “Hey when do you think ‘This Boy’s In Love’ will play?” Meanwhile, my thoughts were stuck on how we’re getting a treat with singles from both albums. Next thing you know Kim makes way from the drums to the Moog synthesizer and we hear the song in question. Track notating became a blur although I did hear ‘My People’ and then ‘I Go Hard, I Go Home’ as the encore. At this point, I was also easily engulfed by the visual treatment. I simply didn’t go to a Presets show to jot down tracks, I came to have a good time! With a pen and a moleskin pad of course…
Many thanks to 9:30 Club again for allowing Killahbeez and friends to come and enjoy yet another night of dance influenced pop music.