Daniel N Johnson

The Glitch Mob Taught Vancouver To See Without Eyes and It Was Incredible [Review]

The Glitch Mob are an entity within themselves; pioneers of a genre that is still not understood and confusing to even the most stringent of music lovers. They came along at a time when these sounds hadn’t developed. Glitch Hop wasn’t even a thing yet, and these guys came along and created something amazing.

The truest part of all of this is that they pioneered a new style of performance with their legendary Blade set up, and this time around they’ve upgraded it, in a big way.

The openers, Anomalie and Elohim, represent the forward thinking nature of The Glitch Mob in a new era of technology and equipment. They were the perfect blend of ethereal and bass to start off the night perfectly. Elohim in particular, who we fell in love with at Snowbombing this year, was the perfect artist to set the tone for what was about to come.

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Bringing her beautiful vocals and live instrumentation on stage with her, Elohim owned the stage with the prowess of a seasoned veteran, and delivered a warm up set to reckon with. It was a truly magnificent display of stage presence and talent blending together; it’s clear why the Mob enlisted her on their tour, and for her to remix their new single.

Between sets, the energy was palpable. Once Elohim left stage, it was clear what was coming next. The first appearance of The Blade 2.0 started to take shape, as the crowd jostled their way to the front to secure a spot for the show that was about to unfold.

What happened next was 60 minutes of pure, unadulterated magic. These three musicians, after a decade plus of working together, have truly hit their stride. Every move was cohesive, every note was intricate and used in such brilliance that it was honestly hard to dance, because we wanted to take in every single thing they did. The crowd was pulsating with frenetic energy as the tunes got more frantic and bass heavy, paired with the intense light show, it was a thrilling sight.

The highlights included Elohim joining them on stage for a live performance of their hit tune See Without Eyes, and their closing number, where they dug out their old and possibly most famous tune, a grinding, glitchy remix of the White Stripes classic Seven Nation Army. For the older fans in the crowd, this was quite possibly the best surprise.

This experience just proved once and for all that these guys are the king. A huge thanks to Timbre Events for making this happen, and a massive shout out to Elohim and Anomalie for providing such a great base for the night. Last, but not least, to edIT, Boreta, and Ooah: you three changed the landscape of glitch hop all those years ago, and with this level up, you’ve set the bar again. Thank you.

Was anyone at the show in Vancouver, or any of the other PNW dates?  What was your favorite moment from the show? Let us know in the comments or on social media!