By Sunni Johnson
There's a reason why I don't go to a lot of shows at the Masquerade. For one, I am not a neu-metal or new punk fan, and I also don't like paying $8 for a shot of whiskey.
On Friday, April 10, Dan Deacon played in Hell, the downstairs dance club section of the old North Ave. venue. "Dance club" means the audience stands in a strange rectangular area nestled between balconies which anal security guards won't let you chill on (read: animal pen). That's ok; it's not uncommon for the atypical Dan Deacon fan to want to be as close as possible to the dude during his set.
I was skeptical about his white jumper clad backing band but found they only complemented Deacon's energy raising abilities without overshadowing his electronic melodies that always tend to crescendo into a modernized mosh-pit of neon accessories and dirty hair.
The Masquerade pulled the plug on Deacon and company as the beginning of the ever popular "Crystal Cat" began to waft through the humidity engulfing the room. Apparently, the cause of the severance was Atlanta's legal curfew for underage kids, of which there were many at the show that night.
After the incident, dozens of drunk kids proudly held their middle fingers high, a close colleague of mine poured her drink on the sound board and some little knaves tried to knock over speakers. Hardly a riot but adorable chaos nonetheless though that probably would not be how Preston Craig would describe it. Craig was scheduled to do a set after Deacon was off stage. Though Craig never asked for the plug to be pulled on Deacon, he found fliers around the city this weekend proclaiming "PRESTON CRAIG IS A BAD PERSON."
Obviously, the kids of Atlanta believe that Dan Deacon is a precious musical unit not to be fucked with.
Buy Dan Deacon's 2009 release, Bromst.
Check out more photos from the show.
(Photo by Matthew Miller)
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