Words: Liz Garcia
Photography: Shayna Chabrow
Los Angeles-based, electro-R&B duo, Electric Guest gave an electric show Thursday night at the Wonder Ballroom, the second show of their first tour in five years. The tour follows the release of their sophomore LP, Plural, released February 17.
The night opened with West Berkeley band of family and childhood friends, Nine Pound Shadow. The group played “Melody” and “Bridges,” off their self-titled EP, produced by Asa Taccone, among other songs. Brothers Christopher and Brendain Langlois switched off between keys and the microphone during the set. They had eased the crowd into the night with their swooning, keyboard heavy melodies at the end of their performance.
The crowd roared as the lights went out, meaning only one thing, Asa Taccone and Matthew Compton were taking stage. The room lit up and the crowd instantly came alive as the duo opened with the upbeat “Waves” off their 2012 debut Mondo. Taccone was all over the stage, showing off energetic and elaborate dance moves. The duo took a moment to reflect on their San Francisco show from the previous night with the Portland crowd. Taccone described a group of older Asian fans at the San Fran show and jokingly commented, “It’s been five years, is this our demographic now?”
The show went on as the Electric Guest frontman took to the microphone with intimate and endearing vocals for “Back for Me,” a popular track off their new album and a major contrast from the falsetto tone we know him for. The duo slowed things down as they serenaded the crowd with the smooth and soothing “Amber.” Even the lights in the room turned a gold and yellow-orange tone, filling the room with an amber-like aura. Taccone wowed the crowd with major high notes as he sung “Zero.” One man in the crowd even commented out loud, “How does he do that?” The night hit a high and the crowd lost it as the duo played their hit “This Head I Hold,” the track that put Electric Guest on the radar of many.
Mid set, the duo gave kudos to not only the crowd, but Portland as a whole, on our unwavering stance amidst all the current political turmoil. The duo then played several more tracks off their latest album, including “Oh Devil,” which put the crowd into instant dance party mode.
Taccone thanked the crowd, hollering out, “You are all so fucking beautiful, we love you so fucking much,” before playing the emotional track, “Dear to Me.” The crowd was then left in the dark waiting for more as Electric Guest left the stage. They got exactly what they wanted as the duo returned to play one last song. The duo closed with “Holes,” leaving a dizzying cloud of euphoria in the air that followed everyone out the door.