Written and Photographed by Soyon Jun
Opener The Great Void started off the show with moody retro synthesizers, reminiscent of dark '80s synth pop. Frontman Josh Ascalon’s vocals had a palpable energy, and showed a debt to post-punk revivalism. Keytar-wielding Future Punx followed, reappropriating the sounds of past decades - disco, post-wave, and punk - in a modern context, creating an irreverently neostalgic and retro-futuristic sound. A sequence of projections backlighted the set, bathing the band in fluorescent green light and shining white words that recalled the aesthetics of 1970s science fiction films: Star Wars, Electric Dreams, Back to the Future.
Known for his live-audience engagement, colorful stages, and references to 90s sitcom, Dan Deaco began his headling set in-character with comments on body shaming and a nod to Seinfield. The show featured his trademark mix of alien-sounding sonic references and highly-processed samples, a combination Deacon has described before as “psychedelic rambling [...] oscillating without any control.”