Snowpocalypse couldn’t stop Ratatat and Hot Sugar from putting on a great show over at The Electric Factory this past weekend. The show, originally scheduled for Saturday, still drew an energetic crowd at the postponed show Sunday night and was definitely worth trudging through the snow.
Hot sugar set the tone with a unique vibe that he kept up throughout the show. Rather than using traditional studio instruments, he records noises he encounters throughout the day and uses them as percussion elements which adds an extra element to everything he does. This method of creating music not only allows him to extract himself from traditional methods of recording, but also helps distinguish himself from other artists. His hypnotic yet stimulating rhythm had the crowd swaying from side to side, enveloped by each individual beat he created. He treated the crowd to a never performed song as he set the stage for Ratatat well, finishing with an upbeat track. You can find more of Hot Sugar’s uniquely captivating music here.
Up next, Ratatat took the stage and immediately commanded attention for an hour and a half under one of the best light shows I’ve ever experienced. The combination of melodic and upbeat songs had the entire Electric Factory immersed in their act. The incredible visuals of lasers and graphics stretched over the entire venue, creating an intimate atmosphere for the audience. Several guitar solos and “Seventeen Years” left the crowd asking for more, to which the duo answered with a two song encore performance. Check out more of Ratatat here and the awesome concert photos courtesy of Andrew Sun below.