English synth-pop duo Erasure hit the stage on Friday night for the first of two sold-out shows, starting a huge dance party which quickly transformed the 9:30 Club to the Hot:Sweaty Club.
Prefacing the show with an 80s playlist (hello Glass Tiger!) setting a somewhat nostalgic, but more so ‘get ready to boogie’ tone, Erasure armed themselves with two back-up singers, a boat load of sequins and glitter, and a dance pop playlist that most artists would kill for.
With the opening chords of “Oh L’Amour,” which incited squeals and arm waving from the crowd, singer Andy Bell and producer Vince Clarke launched into a 20-song set spanning their thirty year career including material from their new album Violet Flame.
Wearing a glittery top hat and tails and a t-shirt that said ‘Werk Work Werk’ (also in glitter), Bell lead the party with what seemed to be a non-stop sashay and shimmy across the stage. Lamenting at one point that “We couldn’t get a disco ball,” Bell playfully interacted with the audience acknowledging the band’s lengthy history after a song (“That was 25 years ago!”). What didn’t show any signs of age was Bell’s voice which, amazingly, still has the range and strength it did thirty years ago.
Clarke, stood quietly to the side, hidden behind a Mac and other tools used to pump out backing tracks and building what turned out to be Erasure’s pop pyramid for the evening.
Peaking (and ending the show before the encore) with their biggest hits “A Little Respect” and “Chains of Love,” Bell, who by now had stripped down to a sleeveless Marilyn Monroe t-shirt (showing off some impressive guns) and silver sequined hot pants, let the crowd take over the vocals during “Chains of Love,” not so much taking a break from singing but more so enjoying what these dance pop classics have become.
That’s what so impressive about Erasure’s catalogue. Not only were they of their time but they were also ahead of their time. Take a listen to any of their songs and you can easily hear the precursor to modern day dance and pop music to EDM. The audience was just fortunate that during the ’80s we didn’t have to wait for the bass to drop and, instead, groove was king.
All great grooves have to come to an end though. So with a quick bow and tip of the glitter hat, Erasure and their back-up singers exited the stage, leaving behind a mass of hot, happy, sweaty revelers and, for the moment, paused the dance party train.
Breath of Life
You Surround Me
I Lose Myself
Victim of Love
Ship of Fools
Love to Hate You
A Little Respect
Chains of Love
For more information on Erasure, go to www.erasureinfo.com.
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