Captured Tracks brought out their best of the best Thursday night at the Music Hall Of Williamsburg, merging sounds from all ends of the spectrum. Along the way, folksy sounds came from Dignan Porch, while DIIV channeled ambient grooves.
Thieves Like Us tested the crowd’s dancing skills with their brand of European dance pop, jam packed with whirring noises and strange sounds. Shortly after, Mac DeMarco took to the stage taking crazy stage antics to a new level. In between his soft and sweet, yet sometimes downright sleazy, tunes, he took the time to talk about everything from a particular female in the crowd to his butthole. “You saw my butthole? It’s usually brown.” Later, he told the crowd he “hope[s] they can catch” and launched himself with full force into a mob of people not quite ready for him. He floated around like some sort of awkward angel for a few minutes, making his way back to the stage to proclaim, “You guys can’t catch, but at least you can surf!” He then closed off his set with bits and pieces of songs by Metallica and the Police before launching into “Still Together,” and by practically sucking the face off of a female up front.
When DIIV took the stage after midnight, the venue was packed wall to wall, and the crowd was getting antsy. Not even two songs into the set, a girl had already launched herself off of the stage, starting a crowd-surfing and stage-diving trend that continued on throughout the night. After playing a few haunting tracks off of its latest, Oshin, frontman Zachary Cole Smith asked the crowd how long they should play and was met with screams of “Very long!,” “Loooong!” and my personal favorite, “Well, I’ve got absolutely nothing to do tomorrow!” Needless to say, the crowd got its wish.
The band played the majority of Oshin, including tracks like “Past Lives,” “Human” and a sped-up version of “How Long Have You Known.” The night came to a close following an electrified, high-energy version of “Doused,” complete with mosh-pits and crowd surfers who couldn’t commit. (Smith even had to coax the guy into jumping, saying, “Just do it, man!”) The band did play an encore, though the players never left the stage, and it was equally as energetic and wild as every song prior. As the house lights came on, the entire floor was filled with people checking out their bruises and battle scars.
Photos by Sam Rogers