Airport, Megabats, Patternmaster, Dee Jay Slow @ Comet Tavern June 13
by Dave Segal
on Fri, Jun 15, 2012 at 10:00 AM
It’s not easy to recalibrate the vibe of venerable rock-and-roll dive bar the Comet to that of a warehouse rave, but the acts who performed for Debacle Records’ inaugural Motor event succeeded in doing so. Megabats (Debacle boss Sam Melancon and Riley Scott) sounded as trance-inducing and as danceable as I’ve ever heard them, and headliner Patternmaster (Jon Carr of Brain Fruit) channeled the squelchy acid techno of Hardfloor and Freaky Chakra with brutal rigor.
But it was Airport (Midday Veil bassist Jayson Kochan, who also plays in TJ Max with Timm Mason) who really launched the night into the stratosphere. Wearing a black jumpsuit and large aviator shades similar to the ones Giorgio Moroder donned on From Here to Eternity, Airport got most of the crowd moving as vigorously as the aerobicizing '80s folk lunging on the screen behind him.
He began with a cloud of meditative, mystical ambience (I actually thought Dee Jay Slow—who was spinning awesome krautrock and disco cuts between acts—had let a Popol Vuh track play out) before accelerating into cosmic-disco mode, augmented by unison “aaahhh”s coursing through the track like a gust of holy breath. Aided in part by an Oberheim drum machine he obtained from Master Musicians of Bukkake's Randall Dunn, Airport’s set gradually settled into the sort of tense, ominous throb that could’ve appeared in Gaspar Noë’s Enter the Void soundtrack. Airport’s mastered that irresistible “Eurodisco stomp with a halo of vocals” approach (performed with an unwavering stoic demeanor) that should be filling venues 20 times the size of the Comet. Someday...