I knew very little about Modestep before attending their show at First Ave on Sunday night. After giving them a listen and learning they were a dubstep-rock band however, it sounded like it could be an interesting show to see. And interesting it was.
If you’ve ever attended an electronic or EDM show before and wondered what it would be like if the songs were performed by actual musicians, well, that’s a Modestep show. I enjoyed their song selection in their quick 60 minute set, and I just couldn’t get over the fact that this was all live. Along with their own songs, they performed 3 Prodigy songs, a Major Lazer song, a Porter Robbinson song, a Coldplay song(crazy right?!), and a bit of Rage Against the Machine. All put through a dubstep blender and performed with actual vocals and instruments.
Each of the 4 members of the band did a great job showcasing their skills. The lead singer had a great range considering he had to sing, rap, and even scream. Plus, it was refreshing to hear live drums and live guitars on these same tracks that you’ve heard time and again mixed into DJ sets. They definitely stayed as close to a “normal” DJ set as they could, all while reminding you they were a rock band too. The respective drum and guitar solos were a welcome surprise. The one rock element I think they should have left out was the break between songs. The audience is there to dance, and they’re accustomed to dancing nonstop through the show. Although they did their damnedest to work the energy up with each song, certainly they wouldn’t have had to work so hard had they not stopped so many times.
Even with the more traditional elements of a rock show sewn through a very dominant dubstep sound, the audience loved it all. Although the crowd was small, everyone in attendance was on the floor and dancing to every song, drinking up every last “drop”.