Simian Mobile Disco, Nordic Soul @ Neumo’s March 13

Simian Mobile Disco brought their synth-heavy dance party to a sold-out Neumo’s on March 13 and were welcomed by a boisterous and enthusiastic crowd of dance-crazed fans.

SMD’s Jameses (Ford and Shaw) twiddled and tweaked knobs on a stack of vintage synths and analog drum machines.

Simian Mobile Disco at Neumo's

The duo’s live rig was a messy maze of midi cables, digital effects and obscure gear that looked like it would require an advanced degree from MIT to assemble.

Visually stunning to watch? Hardly, but the music made up for it and the crowd was there to dance–or jump in place amidst a sweaty mass of people packed in the club.

Surrounded by towers of pulsing strobe lights the duo remixed many of their best songs (“It’s the Beat” and “Tits and Acid”) while adding flourishes of sequenced arpeggios and phased-out string parts.

The sweat-drenched crowd was having all of it and some.

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