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Review: Delorean + Mystery Roar at Great Scott | July 12, 2010

Follow my logic for a second: Spain defeated the Netherlands on Sunday 1-0 to win their first World Cup. Kind of a big deal. Delorean, a live electronic band that hails from Barcelona, played a sold-out show Monday night at Great Scott. As someone whose summer has primarily consisted of early morning soccer matches followed by pool side chilling soundtracked by the Baleric offerings of Delorean and the like, the prospect of drawing comparisons between the two for this review made me absolutely giddy.

Except Delorean didn't mention their country's massive victory. And there was nothing laid back about their show. Shucks.

Instead, they got all acid house on us -- unleashing kick drums, sped up samples, and even making certain to blast an air horn on every track. Whether they built the beat from the ground up or dropped it right at the start of the song, it was ever-present and slamming thanks to Great Scott's rattling system. Not crazy familiar with early 90s electronic music, the closest comparison I can draw is that one scene towards the end of 24 Hour Party People where Tony Wilson has the realization about how monumental The Haçienda actually was (the 1:42 mark) -- with people losing their shit because it's the last chance to dance. Delorean threw down a set that sent everyone in the humidity laden room out into the night air sweat soaked and fulfilled.

Being a Fenway Recording Session, the promoters probably landed the best possible local table setter with Mystery Roar. The previous Tony Wilson analogy doesn't end with Delorean's set, because Mystery Roar really conjure a likeliness to the Factory Records sound. Sexy lyrics and synthy music. It's also worth noting that it's been a while since I've seen a band that seems to have as much fun playing their own music as Mystery Roar did on Monday. Not that it's any indicator of their sound, but it's certainly easier enjoy yourself during a set when the band's doing the same.

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