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Crystal Castles with good Health @ Juste Pour Rire Theatre

Posted by Jeff / March 29, 2008

20080328_health.jpgHEALTH is an American noise rock band from Los Angeles, California. A band from the unique record label Lovepump United. I have to say, the set was explosive, energetic and exuded pandemonium without actually resorting to full on chaos. Although at times seemed lost in the transition from one track to the next. The band is most famously known for choosing the Crystal Castles version of "Crimewave" and remixing it. The band's 2007 release with this track charted at position nine in the UK indie singles chart. So if you’re into the noise electro with a heavy bass line and vocals having an even, unaffected softness feel. These boys from L.A. are for you. Seeing them live I can tell you they aren’t just a noisy screaming band. So after a good start, the Crystal Castles jumped on set.

Now CC music uses unusual instrumentation, by placing an Atari 5200 sound chip inside a keyboard. This allows the keyboard to exhale out a 8-bit sound that stirs young boy emotions in me. I must say the main reason I came out was to see if the sound which to me is a warped ferocious, two-dimensional Nintendo glitch adventure. I mean, just listen to the part in "Airwave" (starts @ 1:04) and tell me thoughts of Mario walking up to Donkey Kong don't float in your head.
20080328_crystalcastles.jpgThe live performance whacked out all kinds of frenzied keyboard-thrashing punk-electro sound utilizing the glory chip wrenched out of an old Atari computer. The lighting only dark, and flashed white, giving it a flash punk feel as lyrics danced to the 8- bit excursion. Like the She-Ra franchise, which the groups name, comes from. The set itself felt oddly short, and quickly burnt out. I wanted more. My second complaint of the night would be against the venue. I waited for almost an hour to get my "mandatory coat check" back. Nevertheless I went home happy with re-kindled thoughts of more video game possible soundtracks swimming through my mind.

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Drew / March 31, 2008 at 10:29 am
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are you saying that someone should remix the underwater theme?
Juice for laugh / April 3, 2008 at 10:34 am
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"Juste pour rire" not "Jus pour rire"

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