Midnight Train To Williamsburg: Miami Horror At Music Hall
    • MONDAY, JANUARY 25, 2016

    • Posted by: Don Saas

    There was a charge in the air Thursday night at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Though nobody knew that evening that Winter Storm Jonas would leave us 0.1" shy of the single day snowfall record here in the city. But we knew snow was coming. We knew that we might not be getting out of our apartments again for a couple days, and we needed a party to forget about the impending snowmageddon that was heading our way. And thankfully, Miami Horror delivered just that.

    And it's a good thing they did cause when I showed up at the Music Hall and realized that the band wasn't even scheduled to come on stage til 11, I was a little miffed. I'm not going to turn this into a long-winded spiel about why concerts should end earlier (though I think concerts should end by 10 at the latest more often than not), but if it's a work night and you're playing in NYC where commutes can be monstrous, maybe consider that some of your fans might have jobs and it's not convenient getting at home after 1 AM on a Thursday night? Moving on...

    If you aren't familiar with Miami Horror, dig into last year's All Possible Futures. I don't know what got into Australia's water supply, but that country is exporting shimmering electro dance pop at an extraordinary rate (Tame Impala's Currents being just the most notable example at the moment). And although I had assumed that Miami Horror's audience would primarily be Australian, they had a horde of ravenous fans in attendance Thursday night. And they were eating up the tunes from All Possible Futures and Illumination to an astounding degree.

    Speaking of Illumination, "Sometimes" (the band's debut single and from that record) appeared in the soundtrack for Grand Theft Auto V (one of the highest selling video games of all time and an easy contender for the franchise with consistently the best soundtracks). And while Miami Horror turned the Music Hall of Williamsburg into their own private disco, I couldn't help but think of the times that I'd heard "Sometimes" cruising around virtual Los Santos. And how their music is great for dancing but it has a chill, tranquility that is equally suited for long rides. So keep them in mind the next time you've got a big trip planned. They'll get the job done.

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