Revention Music Center
May 10, 2016
Disclosure's meteoric rise to success has been well-deserved. Brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence have created a distinct and recognizable sound in the EDM world, and Tuesday night marked the second part of their spring tour in Houston in support of their sophomore release, Caracal.
Arriving in Houston a day early, the Lawrence brothers took in some of our great city by visiting Johnson Space Center and catching an Astros game on Monday. The elder brother mentioned how much they enjoyed the Space City, and it seemed only fitting that the brothers were in a futuristic-looking booth housing their computers and other instruments.
Those in attendance who were expecting to come out and dance to a simple DJ set dominated by popular songs were in for a shock. In addition to using recorded tracks of bits and pieces of their songs, the siblings played live instruments and provided vocals for much of the night. Turnout was decent for a show at the beginning of the week; the Revention Center was not sold out, but it was still difficult to dance and maneuver about without touching someone else. Also, kudos to the people who made the decision to put a larger merchandise area outside the venue, thus relieving the massive unnecessary bottlenecks inside.
After much anticipation, the light show began and opened with "White Noise." Early crowd pleasers were the slower-paced "Magnets" and "Omen." It was entertaining, but it was Adult Contemporary EDM.
At some point in the show, it turned away from the Top 40 tracks and really became an EDM party. The first portion of the concert was marked by the brothers' pausing in between tracks to change instruments and adjust their equipment. The change happened at the bridge of "Nocturnal" when the massive light riggings started to spin and the brothers came out of their booths. They came together at center stage, where they were lifted on a riser as Howard grooved to his bass lines and Guy played repetitive lines on an electric.
The uptempo finish of "Nocturnal" moved into the first single from Caracal, "Bang That." The rolling bass and symmetrical shapes moving on the huge video board behind the brothers were hypnotic. For several minutes, the pounding bass drum slowly transitioned into "When a Fire Starts to Burn," the opening track of the album Settle.
The main set wrapped up with "Holding On," which, surprisingly, gained the best reaction from the crowd, leaving them screaming for more and more and more. The brothers returned with Guy sporting an Astros jersey and professing his love for the sport. Then Brenden Reilly emerged from the back to provide the vocals for "Moving Mountains," adding another live element to the traditionally all-electronic-based music.
Disclosure finished strong, with a great remix of the Sam Smith-supported "Latch" unofficially closing out Tuesday night. That's because a pop-up dance session took off outside the venue as concert-goers gathered around a man playing five-gallon buckets à la Rent. These types of unexpected events make going to shows even more memorable.
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So How Was the Opener? Being an opener on a major tour is one of the most difficult jobs in show business, but the fashionable Honey Dijon strutted on the stage and slayed it. Her DJ set laid the foundation for the rest of the night by booming to huge house and techno beats for the good part of an hour. Bathed in blue lights, she was front and center of the stage but remained a shadow figure bouncing to the beat and teasing the fans with flashes of her porcelain white teeth. The crowd could make out her shape from the light refracting from her gold sequined jacket. Her time was marked with a couple of Michael Jackson samples and David Bowie's "Let's Dance" and was highlighted by Kenny Dope's "The Bomb," a classic track familiar to all dance fans.
The Crowd: It was not a rave crowd, no PLUR.
Random Notebook Dump: The brothers enjoyed the Johnson Space Center tour guides so much that they gave them passes to their show and photo credentials to be in the pit. That is a pretty awesome way for the brothers to show their appreciation.
Overheard In the Crowd: "Can I stand next to you? I promise I won't throw up on you."