by Brittney Corridean
The parking lot and streets were completely filled with cars and people waiting to park on Spring Garden street Monday night. You could see everyone anxiously trying to find parking spots as others shuffle in the doors of Union Transfer. TV on the Radio was performing, accompanied by Natasha Kmeto.
Not only was everyone eager to see this phenomenal post-punk, electronic-rock band perform, but this was the same day that they released their 5th studio album, which meant they would be playing some completely new material (all of which were in tune with their unique, hyperactive sound).
Natasha Kmeto opened and she was alone on a dim-lit stage. She only had what looked like a DJ set up with a lap top, some spin tables and keyboard. For those unfamiliar with Kmeto’s sound, her music is heavily electronic with powerful vocals. She has a strong, voice that flowed throughout the room and filled the air harmoniously as she played sings like “Idiot Proof” and “Breaking Me”. In both of these songs, the lyrics center around a broken relationship, but her empathy only made her voice that much more haunting.
The intermission between sets was quite lengthy. During this time, it was very noticeable how diverse the crowd was. There were lots of fros and big beards, as well as people from all different ethnicities. One guy standing near by was talking about how the last time he was there was for a Slayer concert while another was discussing his new smartphone. No matter what their background or where they came from, you could see that everyone was jittery and over-zealous anticipating for TV on the Radio to come on. Music does bring people together.
Once the guys came out on stage, they all almost looked like they woke up from a nap. Heads were down and they walked slowly to their instruments, but as soon as the sound started, that all changed. They opened up with their classic “Young Liars” and were so enthusiastic in their performance.
Tunde Adebimpe, on lead vocals, flapped his arm around rapidly while singing, keeping the rhythm of his words and rhymes. He also encouraged the crowd to clap along by pacing the stage and throwing his arms up and down meticulously. In all honesty, their live performance was astounding. They had a great stage presence and energy that took everyone out of the lull of the interlude and brought them right back to the present moment.
The stage was full of instruments. They had a few different sized wind chimes which were put to good use, lots of percussion and a drummer that had perfect flow. After the first few songs, the band gave thanks to being able to make it to their fifth studio album and played a few more new tracks including the album’s titular song, “Seeds”.
TV on the Radio kept the feel good vibe throughout the show and have everyone on the tips of their toes. This band really brings their studio sound to life and incorporates all the nuances you hear on the album. They truly give a stellar performance and for any fan of live music, this is a must see band.