Disclosure at Warehouse Live, 1/29/14
Photos by J Tovar
Disclosure Warehouse Live 1.29.14
Wednesday night's Disclosure show was a confusing and somewhat disorganized experience, but nonetheless an amazing performance that certainly pleased the overstuffed Warehouse Live crowd.
Unless I had been huffing glue in my sleep and dreamt this, the first time I went to the Warehouse Live page to see when Wednesday's show began it said that doors were at 7 p.m. and there were two openers (Vic Mensa and Samo Sound Boy). Thankfully I am a compulsive planner and checked the site multiple times before going to the show and I learned that "due to unforeseen circumstances," doors had been moved to 10 p.m..
Doors at 10 p.m. isn't an oddity for any show, particularly for any kind of EDM show. Doors at 10 also normally means that an opener might make it on by 10:30, then another by 11:30, and the headliner would go on around 12:30 and play until bar closed.
When I arrived at Warehouse Live at 11, it seemed as though most of the ungodly long line of people were also confused about when the show would start. I heard several people saying that they thought doors were at 9. Most everyone was confused as to why the line was still so long, as word began to spread that Disclosure would be taking the stage at 11:30.
After waiting in line for well over a half hour, I could hear Disclosure take the stage and open their set with "F For You," one of my favorite tracks from their fantastic 2013 release Settle. Thankfully at this point I was almost in the show and I could clearly hear the song through the door. No doubt this was going to be a great set.
Upon walking into the venue just in time to hear the end of the first song, the group called out, "Houston! We are Disclosure! Sorry we're late!" Me too, guys. Me too.
The first impression upon walking in was simple: This band blew up almost overnight and was too big and popular for this venue. Warehouse Live has great sound and normally would make a perfect option for a group like this, but the floor was just absolutely jam-packed.
I quickly realized that there were only two ways to enjoy the show: to have arrived insanely early and plotted out a spot in the front; or to not give a shit about the excessive amount of people continuously crashing into me. It wasn't going to stop and there was absolutely no point in letting it be a bother, because that would only take away from the awesomeness of the show.
Disclosure's stage setup was badass. The two brothers from Surrey, England played off one another well, as can be imagined. The lighting for the show was perfect: Not an annoying amount of strobe at any point, but lights that actually added to the music.
"You and Me" featuring Eliza Doolittle was the next song to garner a huge reaction from the crowd. The serious journalist I am, I wrote "LEGIT!!" super big on my notepad.
When "White Noise" came on, the crowd went nuts. Everyone knew all the words to the hook of this song and no one was still for a moment. For it being as ridiculously crowded as it was, most people were not being assholes and were respectful.
As the group announced that they had "two songs more" for the audience, I noticed that it was only just about 1 a.m..
It seemed that "Latch" was the track that the audience was waiting for and was the last song of what I thought was going to be the "regular" set. Everyone sang along to every word. This was also the song that the crowd was apparently waiting to record on their smartphones; I certainly watched most of this track through the back of an iPhone, but it sounded amazing and I was far more concerned with shaking my ass than seeing Guy and Howard play it.
As "Latch" ended and the brothers thanked Texas profusely, I was positive that there would be an encore:
A) Almost every show has an encore. I FIRMLY believe that this shouldn't be a given and that audiences should work for their encores, but most shows have at least one. B) The show schedule was all jacked up from the start and there were still at least a hundred people behind me in the line when I got in at the end of the first song. Who knows how much they actually heard inside. C) It was only 1 a.m.!
But alas, the second the brothers said thanks, all the house lights came on and the crowd was ushered to the door.
Despite its challenges, Disclosure put on an amazing (albeit somewhat short) show on Wednesday night that reiterated why they are one of today's most exciting acts, not only for EDM, but music in general. I would certainly recommend anyone to see the duo in concert, as their stellar recordings were somehow even better live.
Personal Bias: I'm obsessed with this band. And clearly by the amount of people that were at the show, I am not the only one. This band has blown up and with good reason. They are awesome.
The Crowd: Thankfully not decked out in the bullshit fashion that has tarnished EDM and made it into a joke. There might be a time and a place for that, but it is not here. That's one of the many great things about Disclosure: they are a group for music lovers, not scene lovers.
Overseen in the Crowd: A few girls that really wanted to "look cute" but ultimately just looked like they were freezing their asses off. This is a lesson learned as you grow older, girls. Pants are your friend when it is 30 degrees.
Random Notebook Dump: If you aren't a huge asshole at shows, it's a much better time for everyone. Thank you to this crowd! Because it could have been a nightmare, and it wasn't. Hooray for progress!
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