The sign in front of the door read SOLD OUT at the Mercury Lounge. Set time was 8 o’clock, quite early for a show, but the venue packed up fast, full of fans that knew every lyric of every track in the headlining group’s arsenal. This would be only Disclosure’s second show in the U.S.–the other came a day before in Brooklyn–and the two brothers were set to show America the sound that’s taken the UK by storm.
From the minute that Guy and Howard Lawrence took the stage, all eyes, ears, and hearts in the room were theirs. The loved-up mix of UK funky and garage-style house turned the crowd into a sea of great vibes; you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone not smiling or singing in those flawless 45 minutes. With the help of backing music, the two improvised on a slew of controllers, drum kits, and keyboards, turning the already excellent studio versions of tracks like My Intention Is War!, Control, and Boiling into straight up rave heaters.
By the time their notoriously raunchy What’s In Your Head (NWS) and Running came on the crowd was in a frenzy, waving arms around carefree and two stepping like mad in the traditionally pretentious hipster rock spot. They finished off with their new single, Latch, a more pop-oriented track than the rest of their work, but one equally as addicting.
After the show, Guy and Howard claimed that they didn’t even know a UK bass scene existed here in America. Their sound has already been all over England, Ibiza, and the rest of Europe, but is just now receiving mainstream attention in the states. Let’s hope it catches on soon, because this live show was nothing short of mesmerizing. Catch them on tour in North America and watch out for their upcoming album in March.
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Photo credit: Oliver Correa for HiFiCartel.com