Show Review: Infected Mushroom with Dyloot, Dissølv and Liam Shy at the Fillmore, 12/23/2011
by JONATHAN PIRRO on DECEMBER 27, 2011
When you’re an internationally-successful musical act that bends and shapes a genre as complex and intricate as psytrance, how do you keep your work from becoming stagnant, in this ever-shifting world of electronic music with its seemingly endless count of subgenres? You’ve got a lot of competition in the field as 2011 draws to a close. There are the arena-filling behemoths like Tiësto and deadmau5, whose light and projection show rivals that of a second-world country’s first celebration of independence. There are the up-and-coming acts, who manage to pack a dancefloor with just a simple mixer and/or MIDI pad and a laptop chock full of cutting edge software and samples. To break the mold of the constant onslaught of knob twiddlers and fader pushers, it becomes necessary to add a human element and violently active energy to your stage show. It therefore should come as no surprise that Israeli psytrance heavyweights Infected Mushroom decided to move out from behind the keyboards and up to the front of the stage a few years back, and their November appearance at the Fillmore proved that their dynamite performance energy hasn’t dwindled in the slightest — if anything, it’s gotten even wilder than before.
Not everyone in the electronic scene can come barreling out of the gates with the four-piece fury that is the current lineup of Infected Mushroom live, but San Francisco provided its own contenders in the form of Dissølv, a quartet that careened back and forth between crunchy house and rasping vocals to glitchy dance grooves and sparkling synths. Vocalist Liam Shy, who had opened the night with his own set of pulsing rhythms that wafted between dubstep and dark, warping house tunes, provided most of the energy and definition for the performance, hurling himself back and forth across the stage as the thundering tunes around him shifted between acidic psychedelia, snarling industrialism, and otherworldly trance grooves. The energy and mesmerizing visuals offered by Dissølv were closely matched by the steadily-evolving futuristic house landscape of Berkeley trance artist Dyloot, who served as the in-between act that kept the crowd on its feet and twirling about in the long hour that transpired before the headliners were prepared to take the stage.
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