Chromeo hit Toronto and funked up the Kool Haus
Reviving a genre that was long gone and dead after the 80s, Chromeo is a unique brand of disco and funk that has fans grooving every time they hit the stage. This late September night at the Kool Haus in Toronto was no different than any other set for the Montreal duo.
It’s great to see acts like these playing at the Kool Haus, as many others have before, since the venue is on it’s last leg before being phased out of the Toronto music scene forever in the new year.
The night opened up with Wave Racer – a generic brand of dub step and techno beats spun in a surfer’s washing machine before being put through the ringer. That probably doesn’t explain it too well, but hey, it’s electronic music, you get the vibe. It’s the type of music that brings just about anybody out – it’s anyone’s ballpark.Chromeo makes me laugh, with their automated or sampled if you will pre-set chant – that echoed “Chrom-e-oooo,” across the venue, cuing the fans to start chanting along before the two hit the stage. The energy of Dave 1 and P-Thugg, the disco gangsters that form the funkers known as Chromeo as they hit the stage was incredible – they take themselves very seriously.
Or do they? Who knows, all I know, is that they are a blast to watch play, and you know they’re having just as much fun playing for you. It’s a genuine fan to artist experience that isn’t always present in live music in the modern age, and it’s nice to see these guys not only reviving a genre of music that bred peace and love, but also applying the ethos into their stage presence as well.What’s cool about them is that they incorporate their audience into the show and make them part of the songs, instead of treating the stage like a pedestal between them and their fans. For example, during the song “Over Your Shoulder,” they got a myriad of girls to hop on guys shoulders (not necessarily in that order) and bounce along with the upbeat tune.
Chromeo is the type of band that you just can’t say anything negative about. You may not love them, you may die for them, bu either way, everyone can agree that there’s a good time time to be had by all at a Chromeo show – so don’t be shy.
Story by Devin Size Photos by Ftfphotography