Date: April 20, 2014
Venue: 9:30 Club, Washington, DC
I rarely attend good shows on Easter Sunday - apart from the choir at the occasional sugar-fueled church service (admittedly, it's been a while). This past Sunday I checked out Tycho at the 9:30 Club. It happened to be 4/20 as well - a day famously dedicated to a different kind of ritual sacrament. Despite that apparent contradiction, Tycho's mix of pastel colored grooves and heady atmospherics seemed entirely appropriate.
If I had to sum up the show in one word, it'd be "bass." Relentless, bowel quaking bass. It might've been my close proximity to the subs at the foot of the stage but, as Davancens plucked the first bass notes for opener "Awake," the titanic low-end threatened to drown out the rest of the band. However, after the initial concussive shock of sub-frequencies morphed into more of a tranquilizing ambient vibration, other sonic elements began to filter through - twinkling synthesizer, tremolo guitar, and percussion.