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Infected Mushroom Unleashes A/V Insanity On Tampa

Infected Mushroom Unleashes A/V Insanity On Tampa

Israeli hardcore electro duo Infected Mushroom blew up the Amp in Tampa Friday, February 1, with a hard-hitting show that left nothing for speculation. On tour in support of new EP Friends On Mushrooms, the pair has transferred the palpable energy of their old live shows into a new digital format (by the production masterminds behind Amon Tobin’s ISAM), with tons of surprises still left for ardent fans.

Israeli hardcore electro duo Infected Mushroom blew up the Amp in Tampa Friday, February 1, with a hard-hitting show that left nothing for speculation. On tour in support of new EP Friends On Mushrooms, the pair has transferred the palpable energy of their old live shows into a new digital format (by the production masterminds behind Amon Tobin’s ISAM), with tons of surprises still left for ardent fans.

The night started out a bit bumpy with some lengthy lines outside, and after being falsely identified as under 21 at the door, a rare classification, and, frankly, an insult for a seasoned vet like me, I needed a beer. After a trip to the bar and an uphill battle toward the front of the venue, it was finally showtime. The all-ages crowd didn’t seem remotely clued in to what was about to transpire as two LED spheres came to life and Infected Mushroom took the stage. From the first chord, it was clear the guys weren’t planning an easy-going set delivery, rather a full-force, multisensory animal for the Tampa turned crowd that had gathered.

The first half of the set was heavily laced with new tracks from Friends, which after hearing live, were much more appreciated with the genre-jumping IM accomplished. Tracks were served with dirty samples of breaks, and electro fused with high-paced, dub-heavy sounds; it was definitely not what any familiar IM fan expected. Then, just when the rage pile thought it might catch a break, IM cranked up the tempo, and segued into some old-school classics like “Cities of the Future,” off 2004’s IM the Supervisor, bleeding into an amazing rendition of “Suliman” from 07’s Vicious Delicious, and throughout, a rainbow of colors and mixed media patterns electronically splashed the LED canvases, causing an upheaval of audio-visual destruction.

If anyone in that room had zero concept of what psy-trance was all about before Friday night, the final 40 minutes of the mind-blowing set was surely a crash course as IM leaked musical napalm into the air, and watched everybody go crazy. Then came a roaring cover of “The Pretender” (Foo Fighters) and the mass of people already entranced was cast over the edge. The fall to the finish landed us at an amazing live rendition of the opening track off Vicious, “Becoming Insane,” which everyone did, sans hesitation.

Looking forward to ULTRA Music Festival, which is a mere six weeks away, it’s difficult to brainstorm how Infected Mushroom could possibly top Friday night’s performance. But, only time will tell and I, for one, will be center-pit for another dose of IM’s twisted concoction.

Photo by Dennis Lang / Melodysiac © 2013

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February 4th, 2013

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