Matthew Dear played to a packed house last night at Public Works, marking another amazing performance for this year Noise Pop Festival. Kicking the night off right were opening acts Tropical Popsicle, Exray’s and the San Francisco-based Maus Haus.
Dear is known for his catchy blend of dark synth-pop, which carries haunting vocals and a thick texture of percussion, trumpet, guitar and keys. His band’s musicianship is impeccable, and their music translates well on stage. Their distinct sound was never more apparent than on crowd favorites such as “Slowdance,” and the upbeat “You Put a Smell On Me,” both off of his critically acclaimed LP, Black City. The crowd had their dancing shoes on, and the energy in the room was exalting.
The band will play a few stops on the East Coast, before hitting SXSW in early March. From there they’ll head back out on tour, finishing up in Dublin, IE. Only two more days left of the 2012 Noise Pop Festival – we hope you have been having as much fun as we have.
Review and photographs by Darryl Kirchner