Tuesday is never a good night for shows. The gloomy cloud of Wednesday morn shuts in those who normally come out to dance and rage. Being that it was one of those odious weekdays, the amount of people at Belvedere's on July 26, for the final VIA Presents show of the season was impressive -- at least for the middle of the show, which was the best part anyway.
Opened up by seasoned VIA vet Majeure (A.E. Paterra) some interlude DJing by Cutups (Geoff Maddock) accompanied visually by VJ Casey Hallas, the evening moved into industrial overdrive with Chi-town native Gatekeeper, who no doubt stole the show. The duo's visuals alone were so spastic and intense that the crowd, at it's thickest during their slot, got bored with anything that followed. Gatekeeper was lightening and thunder, skulls and gravestones, the darkest of dark electronic body music that could make your bones rattle and your blood curl in a pleasurable semi-seizure. One could brush off Gatekeeper's stellar display of darkness as a result of the massive four-cornered sound system, but it definitely takes two to tango.
Teengirl Fantasy (Logan Takahashi and Nick Weiss) offered up art-school edginess with quirky little hints of irony. Their set was very dream like, pop-infused, energetic and fun. Coming off of the darkness of Gatekeeper, they were a solid sonic transition into Pictureplane's (Travis Egedy) 90's influenced electro-noise music. The tunes and mixing were interesting, but not really enough to keep people from thinking about waking up for work the next morning. Props to him for never losing steam. There's no arguing that the man has got stage presence and isn't afraid to take risks.
Looking ahead for VIA, they'll be announcing another juicy list of artists who will be here in October for the real-deal big VIA Music & New Media Festival. Currently the lineup offers such bucket list artists as Four Tet, FaltyDL, Kingdom and Toy Selectah. For more info on those artists, ticket prices and volunteering opportunities go here: http://via-pgh.com/