If you’re into dubstep then you know that Figure isn’t for the faint of heart. If you also happen to be from Colorado, you know that the best dubstep shows happen at Cervantes. We sent a friend of LMB CO, Tabor Smith, to catch a little bit of both last friday and his review seems to be spot on! Check out his pictures below as well!
When I arrived at the Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, Lazerdisk Party Sex, the masked duo out of Burlington Virginia, was already in full swing. With their popular moombahton sound, the storm troopers kept the ultra-packed dance floor moving underneath a ribbon dancer hanging just in front of Cervantes’ signature disco ball. They kept the beats punching even when a crazed fan climbed on the stage in the middle of the set and pestered one of them for an autograph, to which security eventually responded and ended one man’s chance to see the headliner. Only pausing long enough to hype the audience about the incredible artists to come, Pres and ZJ kept the bangers coming one after another and got the night off to a great start.
After a bit of sporatic chanting of “RPM!”, the Boulder-based trio of Matt Berryhill (PEV), Matt Flesher (Flesher), and Andrew Hathaway (Hathbanger) who comprise Robotic Pirate Monkey finally took the stage. After just recently learning about this group with the release of their EP Heat.wav, their incredibly fresh upbeat funk/dubstep sound exceeded my expectations. With some super fresh beats and a few killer visuals added on, these locals kept the audience rowdy and Cervantes’ security on their feet. They rocked a number of their distinguishable jams from the new EP including Burn, one of my personal favorites, and after a fully crazy set, they finished off with some bass-heavy new stuff that featured their signature funky sound. They unfortunately didn’t announce the name of these new tracks, but I would keep an eye out for a few awesome releases in the coming weeks.
Last, but certainly not least, was Figure. Still adrenalized by the infectious sound of RPM, a quick transition kept the mob on its toes. With a huge start, Figure blew the ceiling off of Cervantes’ with his insanely chaotic, and beautifully complex sound. With some filthy huge drops and some intricate visuals, Figure quickly took the role as one of the most intense dubstep artists I’ve ever seen. I had heard that Figure’s shows had a reputation for being intense, but nothing had prepared me for the likely permanent eardrum damage I endured that evening. Included in his set was his original banger Super Sonic Brain Waves, the single behind the name of his current tour, and one of my personal favorites, as well as his jaw-dropping remix of Kanye West’s Mercy for which I was in the balcony watching the crowd go ballistic from above. Because of the set-in-stone RTD Light-Rail schedule, I had to cut my evening short, and wasn’t able to hear the end of Figure’s set, but judging from the energy as I left the ballroom, I figured Cervantes’ would lie in ruins the next day. I was still able to hear the madness as I waited for the last D-Line two blocks away (although that may have just been severe ringing in my ears).
I would highly recommend going and seeing any of these three artists if you get the opportunity. While Figure and Lazerdisk Party Sex don’t currently have any future shows planned for Colorado, Robotic Pirate Monkey is on the schedule for venues in CO frequently, and can be caught in Fort Collins, Greeley, and Grand Junction, all over the next two weeks.