Thursday, February 17, 2011

Show Review - Innerpartysystem - The Club at Stage AE - 2/11/11 - Concert Review - Pittsburgh

This would be my first time to the two month old Stage AE or so I thought. I had seen the pictures from the Girl Talk and Wiz Khalifia shows thinking to myself how in the heck is a band like Innerpartysystem going to fill that place. On arrival I soon realized why. Turns out this this show was really at The Club at Stage AE where they have a divider between the main floor/bar area of Stage AE and the stage is located in the corner between the bandstand and stairs leading to the balcony.

Once I figured this out my next task was to then decipher who the DJ was on that very stage. This turned out to be Pittsburgh's own DJ 7up who mixed everything from Daft Punk's "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" to Rage Against the Machine's "Killing in the Name" eagerly pulling for the crowd to sing the song's chorus. I sat in the back with the other minority 21 plus crowd unknowingly aware that DJ 7up would play for two hours!

Not soon enough after the DJ marathon Innerpartysystem descended from backstage. This was the three piece's first out of four show headlining stint before supporting Pendulum before the release of their new Never Be Content EP on Red Bull Records. Their current single “American Trash” is streaming here:

As the three trudged through their newer songs with the help of a decent light screen show the band Orgy would have appreciated to their older songs including, "Don't Stop", I waited, waited, waited for something to pull me in. You know, that one song that screams give me more! It never happened.

The one word I think about Innerpartsystem's set. Generic. I've seen hundred of bands over the past 15 years and none of them fit this mold more than Innerpartysystem. The reasoning for this might be that the age demographic, proven by the 100 under 21 American Eagle employees in the crowd, is one that I'm not part of. If I was 18 and it was the year 2000 this is something that might have been wound up on my WinAmp playlist. Unfortunately it's 2011 and the Metropol closed a long, long time ago.

--Johnathon Puff


  1. This band is so freaking RAD!!!! Check out this awesome interview I found featuring the members of the band as they talk about their new album and electronica music!