Live review: Infected Mushroom @ the Fox TheatreBy Nate Etter | November 8th, 2010 | 1 Comment »
Formed in the city of Haifa, Israeli trance sensation Infected Mushroom brought their unique live show to the Fox Theatre Friday night, and did not lack intensity. Blurring the lines between trance, metal, and livetronica, the band closed out the night with a frenetic, menacing performance.
The show began with an uninspiring opening set by L.A.-based DJ, Randy Seidman, who has been opening for Infected Mushroom since 2007. While Seidman brought energy to his corner of the stage, the monotony of his house beats was unrelenting as his set dragged on for upwards of an hour. The occasional dynamic change brought life into the moderate early crowd, but his standard techno repertoire was overshadowed by the live performances the night would bring.
Following Seidman was Nebraska-based break-beat act, Somosphere. Displaying incredible musicianship and passion, the quartet immediately established themselves as crowd-favorites. The set featured an enjoyable mix of danceable jam experimentations and laptop samples manipulated live to avoid repetition.
After a brief break, headliners Infected Mushroom took to the stage in bizarre fashion. Two giant inflatable mushrooms with sinister eyes and jagged teeth creepily glowed on either side of the stage for the entirety of the set. Though the group was originally formed as a DJ duo of Erez Eisen and Amit Duvdevani, Friday’s show presented a full band and maintained the raw energy of a rock show throughout.
The band’s pioneering take on psychedelic trance was greeted by an energetic — and what appeared to be adolescent — capacity crowd. Lead vocalist Amit Duvdevani created energy throughout, often parading around stage directing the crowd with a drumstick. Duvdevani was a perfect front man for his music, though his vocals were occasionally scratchy and/or overpowered by the rest of the band.
Most interesting were the heavy, distorted guitar riffs of Tom Cunningham, whose low-slung guitar and curly black mop of hair was reminiscent of a young Slash. Playing a full-size electronic set, the flashy house drumming of Rogério Jardim created an interesting contrast with Cunningham’s tone. The synth playing of Erez Eisen was the highlight of band, whose driving effects were the foundation of the music.
Infected Mushroom’s intense, genre-blending performance had loyal fans frantically dancing and belting out lyrics, but was somewhat inaccessible to those unfamiliar with the sound. The heavy undertones and eerie imagery of the performance made one question whether it was more appropriate to dance or head-bang.
Nate Etter is a Boulder-based musician and a new contributor to Reverb.