It’s almost 24 hours after Adventure Club conquered Cervantes and my ears are still ringing. If you are an avid dubstep show attendee, you know what I’m talking about all too well. Suck it up, eardrums!
Due to a series of unfortunate events, Swaager arrived at the show a little late on Thursday and we weren’t able to catch openers: Jantsen, Dirt Monkey and Candy Cobra strut their stuff. Said events include transportation difficulties due to the heaviest snowstorm of the year, friends disappearing into the whiteout with no means of communication and I could go on, but this isn’t a damn pity party. The artists obviously did their job in getting the crowd all riled up because the party had definitely started by the time we got there. As soon as we heard the rumbling bass and saw the flashing lights of Adventure Club’s set the whole night turned around into a raging dance party showered in champagne. Champagne! These guys are fucking classy!
The Adventure Club duo is comprised of Christian Srigley and Leighton James who teamed up in early 2011 to create their own unique version of dubstep. These two guys are originally from Montreal, Quebec and I’m very curious as to how their Colorado fans stand up to their hometown Canadian dubsteppers… eh?
It would be hard to beat the crowd that showed up at Cervantes considering the entire place was packed floor to ceiling, literally. The floor was covered in a sea of people dancing side to side, up and down with hands in the air moving to every drop and the balconies were overflowing. Everyone was either drenched in melted snow or their own sweat, and most likely a combination of both. The energy of the venue was over the top, insane and just kept building with every song! James and Srigley were jumping all over the stage clad in red high-tops and graphic tanks and mixed up their set by throwing out heavier dubstep remixes like “Everything to Me” by Lips, Flight Facilities’ “Crave You,” as well as “Do I See Color” and then working in lighter songs like Diana Vickers’ “Sunlight” and Metric’s “Collect Call.”
There’s something endearing about Adventure Club and we love that they don’t take themselves too seriously. They’re in this game just to have fun and to make music that clicks with people. Their success is based largely upon their ability to make amazing music, but they also are showing the public that dubstep doesn’t have to be an overwhelming messy collaboration of machine-gun sounding tracks and unnecessary wobble. Instead, they cleverly mesh female vocals samples with bass lines and melodies to create a more mellow song. They’re one of the first groups to successfully turn a softer track like Brand New’s “Daisy” into something that an audience can dance to at a show geared towards dubstep fans.
As the night neared its end, Christian announced to the crowd “get your hands up one more time for the last song, it’s only just begun!” Just in time for the drop of “I Touched the Sky” he busted open a bottle of champagne, showered the audience with it, and proudly polished it off himself.
Adventure Club will be touring with Big Gigantic all over the states the next few weeks and we highly recommend that you grab a ticket and support these guys! After so many great remixes, we’re excited to see what they come up with next.