Chromeo w/ MNDR @ House of Blues, 2.3.11

by Suzie Conway (Communications), published March 10th 2011

Chromeo claimed on their Twitter prior to their show at the House of Blues, ‘€œBoston, funk makes the snow melt.’€ Whether or not funk has any effect on the weather remains to be seen, but their pulsating rhythms,’€˜80s style beats, and funky swagger made for one of the most fun and frenzied concerts I’ve attended. Snow be damned.

The show started with an opening set by up-and-comer MNDR. The electropop outfit let by Amanda Warner was in full control, both singing and mixing her syth-based backing tracks. Promoting her most recent e.p., E.P.E., MNDR’s whiny, but whimsical voice soared over the heavy dance beats. With Warner dancing around aimlessly in front of a projected screen reminiscent of those colorful Windows Media Player visualizations, MNDR perfectly set the mood for Chromeo.

Montreal-bred childhood friends Dave 1 and P-Thugg, aka Chromeo, hit the stage full-force with the slow-burning dance jam ‘€œDon’t Turn the Lights On.’€ With Dave 1 on lead vocals and guitar, and P-Thugg on keyboards, synths, and his trademark talkbox, the two played off of each other well, working like a well-oiled machine.

Popular tracks from their most recent release Business Casual like ‘€œNight by Night’€ sped things up, with Dave providing equal parts killer guitar riffs and charisma along the way. ‘€œBonafide Lovin”€ gave P-Thugg a time to shine, showing off extensive talkbox work. Improvising during songs, Dave played the major guitar solo from Dire Strait’s ‘€œMoney for Nothing,’€ with P-Thugg substituting the original song’s want of MTV with ‘€œI Want My Chromeo.’€

Slowing it down with the more minimalist ‘€œMomma’s Boy,’€ one of the band’s first major singles, Dave played around with his guitar work, showing off by playing over his head and dragging out extended notes.

The hits kept coming as Chromeo for the most part stuck to their most well-known songs, such as ‘€œFancy Footwork,’€ a song which rightfully earns the band ascentsion to the mantle of pop vacated by 1980s hit makers Hall & Oates. Having also been featured in the movie Step Up 3D, the song was one of the band’s most well-known, with the audience audibly belting out all the words. It was with that, the skies opened up and confetti snowed down to the masses below, congealing to the beer-soaked floor below, as if the two had never been apart.

Chromeo worked the crowd well, without taking too much time for mindless banter. They were totally seamless in their show, avoiding any mistakes or awkward transitions. Dave was clearly the star: magnetic, talented, and clearly having a blast, as evidenced by his big boyish smile. But P-Thugg had his key moments too, where he got funky fresh on songs like ‘€œTenderoni.’€ Ever looking to get down and dirty on the dance floor to some awesome tunes? Look no further than Chromeo.

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