Fans of all ages crowded into Englewood’s Gothic Theatre to see OK Go on tour for the first time in three years. As the audience hummed, a video on a screen hanging across the darkened theater stage repeated the words: OK and go. For a band best known for its innovative music videos, it only made sense for this screen to play an integral part in Sunday’s show.
With confetti blasted into the air during most of the upbeat numbers, the concert became a giant party. OK Go kicked off the set with “Hungry Ghosts” off the band’s upcoming album, “Upside Down & Inside Out.” The ever-important screen showed the band members’ heads zig-zagging around as they sang.
For some songs like “Get Over It,” lyrics popped up on screen. Various line designs accompanied other songs. Dubbed as the “nerdy part of the show” by frontman Damian Kulash, “I’m Not Through” featured an optical illusion.
Cameras attached to the microphones showed different angles of each band member on the stage as the footage was shown on the screen behind drummer Dan Konopka. Kulash stood on the railing — putting his trust in audience members to keep his balance — to hold out the mic for the audience to belt out the lyrics to “This Too Shall Pass.”
Aside from “Upside Down & Inside Out,” only one other song — “Obsession” — was brand new to the Denver audience’s ears. Songs from all three of the band’s albums made it into the show, and the band ended their encore set with “Here It Goes Again,” or the treadmill song.
While the visuals and the confetti-aided party atmosphere made for a great night, the band’s audience interaction brought the show to the next leve.
Twice, the band had a Q&A session with audience members. Kulash led the first as the band prepared for the next five songs. Fans asked about the band’s logo design — Kulash designed the first logo — and who thought up their music videos — God.
“It’s so awesome being friends with God,” Kulash told the crowd before the band launched into “I Want You So Bad I Can’t Breathe.”
To allow Kulash time to make it back to the stage after performing “Last Leaf” in the middle of the crowd, Tim Nordwind led the second round of questions: what it was like working with the Muppets and about his beard.
“(The Muppets) are the fucking best, dude,” Nordwind said, eliciting laughter and cheering from the crowd.
The band even included the audience in the performance of “There’s a Fire.” Kulash recorded stomps and hisses from the crowd for drummer Konopka to layer.
OK Go’s performance not only left a feeling of happiness but a feeling as if the audience were part of the band. Small groups lingered on the floor long after the band left the stage, kicking around the confetti and throwing it in the air to recreate the effect.
Frannie Sprouls is a Denver Post intern and new contributor to Reverb.