I walked into the arena area at Beck’s Music Box while the Cut and Paste DJ’s were building a mood and VJ Lynch was taking the night’s theme “aggressively happy” and bombarding a huge screen with loops of animals in wrestling masks and other extraordinary sequences that left my brain feeling stretched and re-sampled.
Some hipsters were complaining that the crowd wasn’t as big as they thought should be there. I wanted to agree but only a bit as part of the satisfaction of being hip is being ahead of that all important curve: The one that let’s you give up and start hating on bands, styles, haircuts as soon as they achieve a certain level of popularity and these HEALTH kids are really cool right now.
Then HEALTH arrived with an intensity that the audience’s anticipation couldn’t quite match. At the start of every gig the crowd always presses toward the stage, this is arguably the first time I’ve seen a band push back, just with sheer force of sound. The very first notes spat into Beck’s Music box, white hot with purpose.