Review: Le Galaxie – Live @ The Workman’s Club, Dublin (June 17th, 2011)

 

The stage appears small with the array of wires, lights and electronic music equipment that Le Galaxie have brought to the Workman’s Club tonight for the launch of their first album Laserdisc Nights 2. Roars go up as a hooded luminous face painted quartet takes to the stage. From the word go, it’s clear the cinematic element of the album has been slightly sidelined for a heavy indie/dance sound. Not that it’s a bad thing! There’s also a touch of nostalgia in the air as a handful of glowsticks are thrown into the crowd. It feels like acid house all over again and so dance numbers Beyond Transworld and Earth are quite befitting.

 Rarely addressing the crowd Le Galaxie plough through their set. By the time they reach Powers of Miami and Solarbabies things really start to heat up. Both numbers are loaded with euphoric synth sounds just perfect for busting some dance moves. How could you not possible move to this music?!

More glowsticks are tossed from the stage to guide our way. When writing gig reviews I often find myself jotting notes blindly in the dark but not tonight. I stick a few into the frames of my glasses and away I go. It’s nice when bands have a kind thought for the reviewers!

What’s so great about this act is their ability to mix things up. During numbers like Police Department and This is Reality Diane I’m bouncing around at a dance gig with pulsating synths and a laser light show. The next moment our sonic electro heads pick up guitars and things go all hard indie and heavy as drums pound and guitars distort. But they also know how to ease off the accelerator a bit with numbers like Orion and Victory.  

You could tell this was an album launch. To make it a memorable night they take the last song to the crowd. Vocalist Le Michael Galaxie as he’s called on the band’s Facebook page; jumps from the stage armed with a synth and a cowbell. It’s a nice moment as everyone crowds around and joins in.

I can’t remember the last time I witnessed such a solid performance and I also can’t think of a better way to spend a Friday night. If you have not yet had the pleasure of catching Le Galaxie, treat yourself! 

 

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