Lotus at the Fillmore, 11/06/10
With Infected Mushroom
11.06.10 | Fillmore Auditorium
I arrived at the Fillmore a little early to make sure I didn't miss a beat of Infected Mushroom, an act whose shows I've damaged many pairs of dancing shoes at over the years. Founders Erez Eizen and Amit Duvdevani began as a duo in Hafia, Israel in 1996 before realizing mainstream success in this country during the early to mid 2000s. The act, known for its experimentation and often psychedelic take on the electronic genre, from trance to techno, currently resides in L.A, and it's most recent effort, 2009's Legend of the Black Schwarma, is a mix of high techno snarls and guitars that showcase the outfit's live-band approach.
The set opened with guitarist Tom Cunningham, grinding into their song "Special Place", riling up the crowd as the band's signature devil mushrooms slowly inflated to life on the stage. From there, it was all one massive thrash as singer Amit held the crowd in the palm of his hand - getting and keeping them dancing. Other songs performed included "Everyday Nightmares", "Sa'eed", and "I Wish."
It was one of the most charismatic performances I've seen in years - never tiring, ripping through each track with increasing enthusiasm. It can be hard to give a positive-vibe to a show when the music is that hard and brutal but Infected Mushroom can pull it off with ease. They ended their set the same way they began it - hard and abrupt. After this experience, I couldn't see Lotus being able to follow without putting the crowd to sleep.