Tussle, Javelin, and Bronze
Thursday, May 6, 2010
The Rickshaw Stop
Better than: Dancing alone in front of your mirror at home.
Last night at Rickshaw Stop, cousins George Langford and Tom Van Buskirk brought a large array of electronic toys, trinkets, and noise makers on stage to perform for an under-capacity crowd. The dance-party pushing duo, who work under the name Javelin, had landed in San Francisco on the last day of their West Coast tour, and it was obvious the pair was a little spent. Regardless, Javelin's live set offered high-energy renditions of some of the best productions from its relatively brief existence.
The duo's performance took a couple songs to draw in the crowd before the real dancing went down. Most of the audience seemed to be there specifically for Javelin, but they still needed coaxing to really let loose. After a few unfamiliar numbers, the group busted out highlights from its recently-released full-length, No Mas. While one member manned the live beats on his electronic drum kit, the other worked on an effects-laden microphone and a small arsenal of instruments, drawing out strangely psychedelic renditions of sample-heavy party tracks "Vibrationz," "Mossy Woodland," and "Moscow 1980." The stage show had the casual vibe of two friends pretending to be in a rock band within the saftey of their bedroom, and the crowd eventually responded accordingly, with uninhibited dance moves and ecstatic applause, and by wildly shouting out lyrics.