Live Review: Jack Beats’ Midweek Madness at Sound Nightclub

Jack Beats killing it at Hollywood’s Sound Nightclub May 7, 2014. Photo credit: Danny Trejo.

Before wrapping up their North American Beatbox Tour, Jack Beats took over Hollywood’s Sound Nightclub for a sold out show Wednesday night. Londoners Niall Dailly and Ben Geffin have been in the states hyping up their latest EP released last month on Skrillex’s OWSLA label.

Seizure-inducing strobes and a packed, one-room venue in the middle of the week didn’t stop anyone from moving to the duo’s hour and a half set. Apart from a stellar mix recorded at London’s acclaimed Fabric, Jack Beats hasn’t released anything for more than a year. A mostly deep house set had girls glued to the DJ booth and bros bowing down. Literally.  

Warming things up with a perfect ratio of heavy bass and bouncy house was a cosmic set from Anna Lunoe. She hadn’t played in LA since Fools Gold’s Day Off last November, but returned with a sound that ALMOST made you forget who you were there to see. Her vibrant energy and stage presence matched her set as she bounced along with a plastered smile outlined with pink lipstick.

Anna Lunoe’s flawless set warmed up the crowd for Jack Beats. Photo credit: Danny Trejo.

If you were fortunate enough to have more than an arm’s length of space to actually move to Jack Beats’ explosion of sound, I envy you. They threw down some old favorites: “Get Down” and “Just A Beat,” sprinkled in some moombahton and trap and kept it WOBBLY.

AC Slater (left) and Dave Nada (right) showing Jack Beats love by the DJ booth. Photo credit: Danny Trejo.

Much like the cameo appearances on their latest music video for “Beatbox” released last month, Skrillex, Dave Nada, Alvin Risk and AC Slater joined in on the Wednesday night debauchery. Dailly and Geffin, didn’t interact much with the crowd. Occasionally there was a head bob or a fist pump, but they mostly talked to each other. Their tweet about Wednesday night says it best, “There are no words for that show.”


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