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The Faint and Ladytron @ Metro, 4/3/09

When you enter a club that has a warning posted "there will be excessive strobe lights used in tonights show," you can pretty much bet you're going to have a good time. Such was the case Friday night, when electro-pop heavyweights The Faint and Ladytron kicked off their two nights of co-headlining shows at the Metro.


[More, including more photos by Kirstie Shanley after the jump.]


The Faint were up first with their schizophrenic live show. Live the band offers up a mash of heavy strobe light backed synth and abrasive guitar electro punk music. They played a decent amount of material off their newest album, but also stuck to the tried and true live hits, including "Glass Danse," "Worked Up So Sexual," and the electrifying "Agenda Suicide." The Faint are able to balance the dance atmosphere of a good DJ set with the energy of a rock show, keeping a steady pulsing pace until the minutes the band exits the stage. I have to seriously wonder about people that couldn't help but move and dance to this type of music.


Ladytron capped things off with a more down tempo feel. The band (as stylish and sleek as ever) took the stage amidst pulsing LED lights and launched into the bass and drum heavy "Black Cat," a slinky sexy song, sung oddly enough in Bulgarian. Ladytron is clearly more polished and pull off a more European dance vibe than the punk rock antics of the abrasive Faint. Yet the two bands had a wonderful dichotomy live, blending a similar vain of sound that complemented each set perfectly. Ladytron live is sultry and industrial, creating a balance of evident influences from Nine Inch Nails to Portishead. Overall the night promised and delivered two incredibly enjoyable and tight sets from two tastemakers in their respected genres, making the masses at the Metro move on the dance floor late into the night.


[See more amazingly beautiful pictures from the show by Kirstie Shanley at the Gapersblock: Transmission Flickr page.]

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Steven / October 4, 2009 8:36 AM

Ladytron is great but The Faint obviously were not playing their instruments live.

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