Like the rock stars that they’ve almost become,Glass Candy’s Ida No and Johnny Jewel sauntered into a full house at darkroom just after midnight last night to headline this month’s edition of Out of Order. The colored streamers were hung just right, the disco ball had been fired up, and the crowd, ranging from mohawked youngsters to beer-swilling, plaid-wearing journalists like myself, was well amped by the time they hit the stage at quarter past midnight.
Feeding off the crowd’s energy, Glass Candy’s set was decidedly more energetic than its more slumberous, drug-induced studio recordings. Touring has had the duo on the road almost non-stop the past few months, including an off-the-charts Coachella appearance (or so Jewel told me in our recent interview), and it beamed through the entire performance. No flailed around the stage, dancing in her hippie-disco style, and hammed it up in front of a front row of adoring male fans—one even screamed out “Can I have a kiss?” to which she obliged. Meanwhile Johnny, complete with trademark tear dots under his eyes, kept things moving from his control panel of synths, effects boxes and the CDJ turntable he used to cue up beats. Although they strayed from certain, more laid-back, yet still key songs from their catalog—which left a cross-section of fans screaming for Kraftwerk’s “Computer Love” and “Rolling Down the Hills”—they nonetheless wowed everyone in attendance as they hammered out upbeat versions of “Beatific,” “Chameleon” and more before ending on an electro-meets-reggae cover of “Iko, Iko” which, as much as it left me scratching my head, was sonically very impressive. I wasn’t the only one left feeling that way either. Reluctant to dissipate, many stuck it out for photo opportunities and handshakes, as if the whole thing was more an extended reunion of old friends than a mere stop-off for their tour bus.