I just got back from my weekend in LA to see Younger Brother Live.
It was one of the most amazing performances I’ve ever seen.
It was at the Roxy Theater on Sunset.
I flew in from Utah just for the event (about 750 miles away from LA)
I was there with my cousin, and his brother who also flew in for the event. (all of us big YB fans)
The Roxy website and ticket sites all stated that the event would be held on May 17th at 2:00am.
We arrived at the theater at 2:00am that night (the 17th), and no one was there.
We waited around for a half hour, and came to find out it was the next night.
This pissed me off a bit, because the sites CLEARLY said the 17th, not the 18th.
MY cousin who flew in had to go home, and missed the event.
The next night we arrived to a crowded street side in front of the venue.
Apparently this mass of people was the line to get tickets at willcall.
After spending 45 minutes waiting in “line” to get my tickets I already purchased, we went inside.
We arrived as Conspirator was in the middle of their session.
We were met by the awful sound of ear-shattering bass.
This venue was LOUD. It was obnoxious how loud it was.
We were very lucky that we brought ear plugs to this event.
The lighting job was very sloppy and unappealing.
After another half-hour of mediocre music, Conspirator stopped playing.
Finally, Simon and Benji came out on to the stage.
It was like pure magic for me. I finally got to see Simon and Benji live in the flesh, and I was the happiest person on earth.
They opened with Happy Pills, and went through some of their greatest tracks.
Benji was in the back on the stage running the mixing desk, and Simon was in front playing guitar and keyboard.
It was amazing to watch him freestyle on alot of the synth parts of his songs.
After the first song, Ru came out on stage to sing. It was pure joy to hear his unprocessed voice over the live instruments.
My favorite performance of the night was Elephant Machine,
It’s not my favorite album track, but for some reason it was absolutely amazing to watch live.
After a bout of classic YB tracks, they closed with Psychic Gibbon, and the curtains went down.
The Roxy started playing terrible lounge trance while the curtain was down.
Everyone thought the event was over. We waited for 10 minutes or so, then proceeded outside.
Something held us there for a few minutes, then we heard the bass get loud inside.
We walked back in to see that Simon had started a DJ set.
The first track he played sounded like a Shpongle track, but I have never heard it before.
I may be mistaken, but I believe it was a track off the new album! :D
It had Simon’s classic time-stretched vocals, but this track was very refined and different.
It had a voice singing something about “ShongleLand” :D :D :D
Simon then proceeded with a remix of Gamma Goblins that I’ve never heard before.
It was bit like to In Dub version but more “posfordish”.
After a couple more tracks, Simon closed up the night.
Benji did not play anything, and that upset me a bit.
All in all, it was amazing to see my greatest musical inspirations playing live in the flesh. It was inspiring and captivating.
The venue was absolute shit. Terrible service, terrible sound, horrid environment.
The people at the event seemed like they were there just to party and didn’t know or respect who these gentleman (that were playing) really were.
I felt angry that these musical gods had to play in a musical hell.
Thank you for visiting Simon and Benji. It was an honor to see you live.
Please choose a better venue next time! Koinonea perhaps…...?
I hope to see you guys at Symbiosis this fall.
Thank you, and best of luck!