THEESatisfaction has an introspective, neo-soul sound honed under mentorship and collaboration with Seattle hip-hop outfit Shabazz Palaces; together, they're helping the city's growing hip-hop scene gain attention over its grunge-y reputation.
Harris-White and Irons entered and left the stage with choreographed dance moves, two women on a journey and a laptop their only map. Playing songs off awE naturalL, their first full-length album and ode to Afro-futurist feminism, the duo compensated for its simple presentation by delivering a performance full of energy and vulnerability. It was perfectly coordinated, down to their outfits: Harris-White in a leopard-print skirt and high tops, Irons in a leopard-print shirt and low tops.
While complimenting one another's strengths like a romantic couple -- which they are -- Cat and Stas built something out of nothing. Their leap from silence to a dance party infected the entire crowd, a room of pierced and tattooed women wearing stonewash denim and tribal prints, along with a few sensitive-looking men in spectacles. Harris-White and Irons even kept the momentum as one of them would tend to the laptop and switch a track.
It'll be interesting to watch Harris-White and Irons evolve past the point of fiddling with a laptop and into new directions where they're free to improvise and explore. There's a reason Salt-N-Pepa had Spinderella, and THEESatisfaction should consider adding a DJ to accompany their performances so long as it doesn't compromise their distinct vision and sound. In these early days, though, it's worth witnessing THEESatisfaction deliver a performance that displays its two artists' talent in its most raw form.
Openers: Local band Le Vice got the dance party started with a fresh take on ska-influenced pop.
Personal Bias: Please replace Lana Del Rey with THEESatisfaction on your teenage daughter's iPod.