If you live in San Francisco and weren't at Coachella last weekend, I sure as hell hope you attended Chromeo's set at The Independent. The East Coast duo took the stage and stole SF's heart with the best set I've personally seen at this venue before, hands down.
A blaze of lights and hot hot electrofunk, P-Thugg and Dave 1 absolutely killed it. Starting out with their signature "Chromeo, oooo-ooo" tune, the crowd was already going ballistic. The stage was brimming with white spotlights, square mirrors, and equipment. Nothing was more notable, however, than the energy and charisma the duo -- and best friends -- brought to the crowd.
Over their hour plus set, they masterfully ran through their stacked library playing hits like "Night by Night," "Tenderoni," "Come Alive," "Bonafide Lovin," and "Fancy Footwork." The crowd's cheers actually paused "Momma's Boy" mid-tune, Chromeo grinning at the palpable electricity. P-Thugg straddled the keyboards, synths, and talk box while Dave 1 let his chest hair peak out behind his black leather fit, groovy guitar solos, and smooth vocals.
Although they played mostly to their older library, they hit a few of their new tracks from the upcoming LP White Women, like "Come Alive" and "Jealous (I Ain't With It)" and an unreleased track.
At shows, it's always easy to pick out the hardcore fans. They are the ones unabashedly jumping, flailing, and shouting lyrics to the heavens. Last Saturday, there were 500 of those fans, turning the show into one heartwarming sing-along. Chromeo didn't fail to notice, peering out of their iconic shades noting that it was a "show for fucking diehards." When you've been around for ten years and put on a set like that, you're bound to pick up a few.