Mark Farina at the Gothic Theatre, 12/17/10
With Octopus Nebula • Falty DL • S.P.E.C.T.R.E.
12.16.10 | Gothic Theatre
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Last night's show at the Gothic Theatre signified Mark Farina's third trip to the metro area in 2010, and the first weekend-night set of all three shows. Farina did not disappoint, bringing his custom blend of funk, jazz, hip-hop, soul and old-school voice recordings to the Fox dancefloor -- but before Farina took the stage at 12:30 a.m., we were treated to stylings by S.P.E.C.T.R.E., Falty DL and Octopus Nebula.
Denver's own S.P.E.C.T.R.E. opened the night, mixing in hip-hop lines from Big L's "Flamboyant" with distorted, popping basslines fading into drums and space-station effects. His downtempo-influenced dubstep was an excellent example of the genre: technically perfect and aurally interesting, with sirens winding up, old-school techno beeps and whines, and a thumping bassline with quick, skittering drumlines.
He utilized some drum-and-bass staples, like high female vocals and sinister organ lines, melded with samples from hip-hop to pop music (Evanescence made an appearance in the mix) to Soul II Soul's "Back to Live (However Do You Want Me)". The bass shook his equipment so hard the music stopped for a moment early in the set, but he recovered quickly, dropping in chittering forest noises with slow, deep, vacillating bass and quick, light pops and smacks reminiscent of beatboxing. S.P.E.C.T.R.E.'s set was relatively low-energy and had very few people hitting the dancefloor -- but the night was still young, and audience members were slowly filling up the Gothic as he wrapped up his set.
At 10:15 p.m., S.P.E.C.T.R.E. gave up the stage to FaltyDL, who opened with some immediate technical difficulties.