For a Monday night, this was a really great show to see.
First up was The Hood Internet. These guys have been around since 2007 releasing some really awesome mixtapes. They’ve even been through Minneapolis a number of times, but I’ve missed them every time, so it was great finally catching them live.
Tonight manning the decks was just one half of the Hood Internet team, Steve Sleeve. Starting right on time at 9:45 with a pretty unenthusiastic “Ok, I guess I’ll start now”, Steve blasted through 45 minutes of great dance-able mash-ups. As the set built up, the crowd got more and more lively, cheering louder with each new song. He told the crowd how crazy they were for a Monday, which is true, although calling them a crowd was being generous considering their actual numbers. It was still a Monday after all.
The crowd got noticeably larger or at least they all gathered on the floor around 10PM for Black Moth Super Rainbow. I was able to get a pretty good spot right upfront, but realized my view might be blocked by the giant mixer/briefcase/laptop setup. As it turns out, the lead singer hides behind it. So I ended up having a great view of a guy that clearly didn’t care to be seen. His hat and hoodie didn’t help matters either. This briefcase held his mixer and microphone which allowed him to alter his voice for each song as it was performed.
There were some obvious fans in the crowd, with someone in the middle yelling “People in the front row, what the fuck is wrong with you”. He obviously felt they weren’t into the show as much as he thought they should be. Whether he moved up, or they got into the game, it eventually got rowdier as the hour long set progressed. At one point a small attempt at a mosh pit was made.
The set ended exactly at 11 o’clock. Although they never once addressed the crowd, or really even acknowledged we where there, it was an interesting show to attend. If you were high, it was probably an out of body experience. The music was great and was a perfect soundtrack to a somewhat weird and awkward stage show.