Twin Shadow produces the type of music you'd expect to hear at The Malibu from Grand Theft Auto Vice City
: 80s ballads and new wave dance tracks perfect for grooving uncontrollably into the wee hours of the morning. I'm a fan of said style of music and said style of grooving and was therefore healthily excited about George Lewis Jr. and company's show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg this past Tuesday.
As I waited in line, I listened to a young man explain to a young lady how Twin Shadow's sound had evolved to incorporate more elements of R&B than his first two albums... which is absolutely true. He was also inching uncomfortably close and sprinkling in lines about how this chick smelled like lilacs (which she did) and was clearly hoping to score later that night (hopefully he did [ed. note: or not. dude sounds like a creeper]). But as I would later learn, this is the kind of sexual energy that George Lewis Jr. brings out in people.
After a brief opening set by Lolawolf and a painstaking set up by the crew (due to Lewis's extensive on-stage guitar selection), Twin Shadow came out donning all black... including a sweatshirt vest that was half unzipped to expose some chest hair. The man constantly has a tiny smirk plastered on his face and moves with an organic fluidity that only an artist can possess. Chin length cross earring swaying hypnotically, he began to sing and everyone in the audience shut up. I was personally not impressed with the vocals, but his sensual body movements and passionate facial expressions made it look
like he had an amazing voice. Couple that with the copious amount of alcohol consumption going on around me and it all made sense. And remember that sexual energy that I mentioned? Lewis stopped mid-set to explain that there were usually more "dicks out" by this point in the show. More
dicks out? Like, there were some
dicks out? All of the girls in the audience had been professing their love for George since the first song, and I thought that was excessive, but I suppose it was relatively docile compared to a whole mess of dicks being out.
The massive neon cube surrounding the drummer mixed with the wall of fog wafting from the stage made for an overwhelming sensory experience. Combine that with the band's throwback aesthetic and I couldn't help but think cocaine for the duration of the show. "Eclipse" and "Turn Me Up" were highlights, and "Old Love/New Love" was fantastic -- especially because of D'Angelo Lacy's superb voice and stage presence. George shredded some nice guitar solos and said that he missed living in New York (he moved to LA recently,) and I was satisfied at best. This was a sold out show, however, and everyone around me was going wild, so maybe I just needed another vodka Red Bull.
Enjoy the pics from the show, and pick up Twin Shadow's latest album, Eclipse, here.