The visually mismatched duo of David Macklovitch and Patrick Gemayel, who together make the electro/funk stylings of Chromeo, made a stop at the Ogden Theatre on Friday welcomed by a sold-out crowd of sweaty, amped-up fans that were ready to dance.
The room went dark and anticipation for the show mounted as the crowd began to echo the chant, “Chrom-E Oh, Yo Ho.” The cultish chant, an obvious nod to the Wicked Witch of the West from “The Wizard of OZ,” crescendoed as the two bandmates’ exploded onto the stage in a blinding flash of light.
Photos, below, from an August 2010 performance at the Ogden Theatre.
The formula for each song doesn’t really ever deviate. Gemayel, a.k.a., P-Thug sets the beat on what appears to be a control room taken from some 1960s television space ship. Macklovitch jumps in with a snappy guitar lick on his Gibson Gold Top Les Paul Custom, loops it, and at some point jumps in with some vocals with P-Thug backing him on talk box.
Cue flashy light show. End song. Repeat.
Anyone can save their $30 ticket price, put on a Chromeo record at a house party, and get the same result. The true fan goes to the live show out of respect to watch these two true talents work out their marriage of sounds in beat dialogue.
The show’s highlight was when the duo packaged all their club hits together starting with the Hall & Oates-ish “Momma’s Boy,” into “Needy Girl,” and then “Night by Night.”
Evan Semón is a Denver freelance writer and photographer and regular contributor to Reverb. See more of his work.