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M83 @ Wellmont Theatre 10.4.12 (review)


By: Terrance Pryor

M83 brought their electronic sweetness to New Jersey last Thursday. Anthony Gonzalez & crew were there in support of their latest album Hurry Up, We're Dreaming. The band just performed two gigs at Hammerstein Ballroom earlier that week (in comparison, the band was headlining gigs at Webster Hall and Music Hall of Williamsburg a year ago).

Philly electronic act Sun Airway kicked things off that night. The group performed mainly songs from their new album Soft Fall. While their 45 minute set seemed lackluster on a few occasions, the band managed to put a scrumptious performance. Their drummer even threw some light up wristbands into the crowd.

Since the release of their self-titled album in 2001, M83 have been everywhere from touring with bands like Kings of Leon and Depeche Mode to having their music featured in numerous programs such as 90210 and How To Make It In America. The band's latest album Hurry Up, We're Dreaming garnered high praise and their first Gold single ("Midnight City"). Around 9:20pm, the house lights dimmed and the crowd erupted in anticipation for the night's performance. The "Midnight City" monster slowly emerged to greet the crowd with green lasers shooting out of its fingers.

As the band took the stage, one member was a familiar face to a lot of people of the crowd including myself. Before landing the gig playing guitar for M83, New Jersey native Jordan Lawlor performed in the NJ indie-electronic group Future Future along with his brother Jamie. The duo played all over the Garden State including the Meatlocker, which is a quick 2 minute walk from where he was performing with M83 that night.

M83 dished out a supreme laser light show throughout their set which left a lot of people in a trance. The hyper electronic number "Sitting" was quite dazzling as Jordan bounced around while knocking at the cowbell. Keyboardist Morgan Kibby's vocals sounded heavenly live, especially on the track "We Own The Sky". Anthony didn't say much during the evening except for the occasional "thank you" to the crowd. M83 slowed things down a bit with "Wait" as the words "No time" echoed throughout the Wellmont Theatre. "This Bright Flash" brought flashing rainbow lights with dark blue lights that crashed onto the floor. The crowd erupted for the opening synth line for "Midnight City". The group even managed to bring in a killer sax player onstage for the solo.

For the encore, the outfit charged through a haunting yet powerful performance of "A Guitar and a Heart". The mood obviously did a 180 when they played the breezy track "Kim & Jessie". For the final song of the night "Couleurs", the band got the crowd fired up as they brought the house down. Whether it was the sax man's charismatic swagger or Morgan completely going wild at the keys, the evening's set was tremendous.


Teen Angst
Year One, One UFO
We Own The Sky
Steve McQueen
Graveyard Girl
This Bright Flash
Midnight City
My Tears Are Becoming a Sea


A Guitar and a Heart
Kim & Jessie