The lights start to get brighter, the bass continues to build, the tempo speeds up and things are quiet for a single second. And then, all hell breaks loose after the bass line drops and the lights put the whole club in a whiteout. You may feel like you are on a roller coaster; you may feel like your face is melting off.
This is what Zeds Dead did to Deluxe on Monday night.
While Figure may have made fans leave on November 21, complaining that it was almost too loud, Zeds Dead truly left its mark on Indianapolis. Helping to add to the already insane lineup of shows that the new Amber Room has held (including Skrillex, Dillon Francis, Green Velvet, and Figure), the dubstep duo left fans nearly deaf after their loud, close to two hour set Monday night.
The duo from Toronto consists of DC and Hooks, who have been known for their extremely progressive approaches to dubstep and bass music. With a strong influence from old school hip-hop, they are able to transcend genres and always keep things fresh and unique. Although they have not yet released an album as Zeds Dead (they released one in 2007 under the name Fresh Beetz), they have been making music since 2004 and have evolved from underground talent to starting a weekly party called Bassmentality in Toronto, which has seen its fair share of dubstep legends including Nero, 12th Planet, Skrillex, Borgore and Mary Anne Hobbs.
With a crowd of around 500 people and a great lightshow by IndyMojo's Jason King, this was easily the craziest party going on during a Monday night in Indy. Hollowpoint and Ed Trauma helped get the crowd hyped up at first, and then Zeds Dead got on with their insane, considerably louder set. Promoting songs from their recent EP, Rumble in the Jungle (which they released on Diplo’s Mad Decent label) as well as many of their classic remixes such as “Eyes on Fire” by Blue Foundation, and “Pyramid Song” by Radiohead, they kept the crowd moving, making it impossible for anyone to stop and breathe. The venue made the show quite intimate, and the space allowed for some of the loudest bass in the Indy.
Keepin' it Deep has done a solid job at bringing more electronic dance music to the city, with Identity Festival at Verizon Wireless, Skrillex at the Egyptian Room, and Pretty Lights at the Egyptian Room leaving Indy fans asking for more. Lucky for them, more is on the way, with last week’s announcement that Steve Aoki and Datsik are playing in the Egyptian Room February 21, Excision in the Egyptian Room March 18, and others. For fans that have been wondering where the weekly party will be, make sure to count Deluxe in.