Knife Party Destroyed Portland with Lasers
About one week ago, Wednesday April 17th Knife Party took stage at Portland’s popular venue the Roseland Theater. The Roseland is known for having various genres of artists playing at the venue; within the last two weeks Major Lazer, Flux Pavilion, Dillon Francis, Mimosa, Modestep and Bingo Players have all had shows here. Even artists as big as Prince have had two sold out back to back shows at the Roseland Theater this week. Artists choose this venue because it has a very intimate feeling about it. Immediately upon walking in there is a bar downstairs you can get a quick drink while waiting for friends to come through security. Once headed up the stairs they split either to the left or right side of the venue. Here you are at the stage and if 21 or over can choose to go upstairs to the bar area where there are seats available. Although at a show like Knife Party there is no sitting down: it’s all about getting on your feet and dancing hard to the filthy beats that Knife Party was throwing our way. The venue is pretty small but there is a comfort where the people next to you could become friends for the night.
This show was unlike any other I have been to recently at the Roseland Theater. The bass is always heavy at any electronic show there however specifically this night the whole venue was shaking from the heavy beats. The graphics for Damn Foreigners and Knife Party were amazing to say the least. Knife Party did an especially amazing job linking up every song to the visualizer. For example, when “Centipede” came on there were centipedes and when “Bon Fire” was on there were flames as the graphics. Makes sense that their graphics would be on par to their music, remembering that Knife Party was founded by two of the members of Pendulum– Rob Swire and Gareth McGrille–n it made perfect sense. Reflecting on when I saw Pendulum at Bestival, a festival in England on the Isle of Wight in September 2011, the graphics were gruesome but completely dead on for their set.
The local artist from Portland, Damn Foreigners, opened for Knife Party around 9 p.m. and got the crowd wild and ready for the Australian duo. Damn Foreigners also have shows at a well-known electronic night club in Portland called the Whiskey Bar. Another great place to catch some great artists such as Nero, Lucky Date and Duda. Damn Foreigners’ music can be known as dubstep and house with a hint of hard style. This group definitely was the perfect intro for keeping the crowd dancing and building a high level of energy for Knife Party.
Although the time between when Damn Foreigners went off stage, sound check, and then finally Knife Party getting on stage was only about 15 minutes, it was enough time for me to look around and realize that this show was open to all ages (except upstairs which was the bar area). There were a ton of young girls walking around in the nothing but their bras and underwear with their furry boots and pacifiers (a style and culture of the music I find to be somewhat ridiculous but to each their own). I started feeling impatient so I decided to step out for some fresh air since the Roseland was completely filled and getting extremely hot. While outside someone came up to me started chatting me up, until they asked, “So what high school do you go to?” Now, I know I look very young (especially with my go-to pigtails in) but I am very much out of high school. However, it was then I really realized there were so many 15, 16 and 17 year olds at a show and that was on a Wednesday (aka a school night?).
Anyway, back inside, when the duo finally appeared on stage, they opened and the energy was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced in the Roseland. Roaring fans, best graphics and lights I have ever seen at the Roseland and of course the enough bass to knock your socks off. They went on stage at 10:30 p.m. At the very end of their set they were playing their well-known tracks such as Power Glove, Internet Friends, Centipede and Bon Fire. They ended it with a bang and at 11:45 were done and left the stage. An hour and fifteen minutes just did not seem like a long enough set for them. Finally with the crowd calling their name out, they came on for another fifteen minutes ending the show with Destroy Them with Lasers. Since this show was all ages, the Roseland Theater has a strict curfew of ending at midnight, which is always depressing. Needless to say Knife Party had the best stage performance getting the crowd rowdy and moving the entire time. The energy from the crowd was unexplainable and Knife Party completely killed it. I cannot wait for them to come back to Portland for hopefully another jaw dropping performance!
Be sure to check out Knife Party’s new Haunted House EP coming out May 6th, 2013! For details, follow Knife Party and Rob Swire on Twitter! Preview “Power Glove,” “Lrad,” “EDM Death Machine,” and “Internet Friends (VIP)”– which will all be on the new EP– here:
You can also check out Damn Foreigners’ “Acrophobia” here: