Live Review: The Presets at Mezzanine 4/16/09
The Presets @ The Mezzanine, 4/16/09: This Girl's In Love (Screw you! Song title headlines are awesome!)
I am writing this review from the Houston-Bush Airport in Texas, since my connecting flight to Washington, DC is delayed. I can say that even though I had to catch a 6:15 a.m. flight the morning following the Presets show, spending a late night out with two of my favorite Aussie boys, the Presets, was totally worth it (despite even getting a $50 parking ticket).
Admittedly I got to the Mezzanine in the middle of the Presets second song (if memory serves it was "Yippyo-ay") of their set, so I can’t comment on any of the opening dj sets other than that I was bummed to miss the mysterious Golden Filter. I decided to be ambitious [crazy] and hit up the Whip show at Popscene before heading over to the see the Presets. Yes, while I have spent many youthful nights at Popscene in years past, at the age of 27 I have little desire to ever return there. While the Whip put on a pretty good live show, I wasn't left with any nostalgic feelings about the place and split just as soon as the drinks were finished. Though, it is nice to know there is somewhere for all the under 21-ers to go out to dance and see live music.
Now on to the Presets, good God do they know how to put on a show. As I stepped into a musky, hot club it was as though I was transported to some club scene in the 1980’s (or what I’d imagine an ‘80s dance club might look like). There were lots of dudes without their shirts, some people even had glow sticks, couples were basically dry-humping with their clothes on in the corners of the club, but mostly people were dancing up a sweat storm. The crowd went crazy for the mostly 2008 Modular release Apocalypso heavy set, especially for tracks like “My People”, “This Boy’s In Love”, “Together” and “Talk Like That”, which I’m pretty sure was the track some guy was crowd-surfing to. That’s right, crowd surfing to the Presets, San Francisco sure knows how to bring it!
The duo of Julian Hamilton (keyboard and vocals) and Kimberley Moyes (drums and keyboard) sounded just as good, if not better, than the recorded Presets. As this was my first time seeing the Presets live, I wasn’t sure what to expect, and I have to admit a part of me feared some pretentious, arms-folded stand-around SF crowd. What people in attendance got was the complete opposite. Their Daft Punk meets Nine Inch Nails sound carried very well throughout every dark pocket of the Mezzanine, and Julian’s vocals rounded out the sound, sounding as good as they do recorded, but with even more emotion. Other highlights from the night included, "A New Sky", "Kicking and Screaming", "Anyone"and one of the few Beams tracks from the night, "Are you the one?"
If you get the chance to see the Presets, take it, you won’t be disappointed.
- Nicole Coxe
[ play ] | [ download mp3 ] The Presets - If I Know You (Tania & Jori Version)
[ play ] | [ download mp3 ] The Presets - Talk Like That (Miami Horror Remix)
[ play ] | [ download mp3 ] The Presets - This Boy's In Love (LifeLike Remix)