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Drive Soundtrack show @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
A show centered around the slick, noir synth soundtrack of the Ryan Gosling revenge hunk vehicle Drive, seemed strange in theory. The stylish facelessness of this music wouldn't seem to lend itself to a live setting? But the sold-out show, featuring Frenchman David Grellier's dance act College as a headliner, was very fun and raucously upbeat. It was like a scene from a Bret Easton Ellis movie adaptation in which the coke zombies attend a club that is almost a little too 80s. "A Real Hero," the movie's dumb but awesome love theme was teased early and often.
Not leaving the anticipation to the very final second as expected, Grellier invited Electric Youth's Bronwyn Griffin to the stage to perform "A Real Hero" at the 2/3rds mark of College's set. Though just a little shaky, It was the level-jumper that was intended, clearing the decks and raising the room's energy level for some more emphatically 4/4 dance tracks.
Electric Youth opened the night with a solo set as well, and were followed by French rock/pop trio Anoraak. If you were wondering if all modern French rock/pop groups of the moment sound alarmingly like Phoenix, then based on this extremely limited sample size, yes. Yes, they all do.