CRSSD Fest took a daring risk this year, adding alternative talent TV on the Radio to their roster of talent. Not that the Brooklyn band is not very well-known and respected in their genre, but it was a risk out of place for a festival dominated by electronic music.
Despite the somewhat smaller than expected turn-out for their performance on the Ocean View Live stage Sunday night, it made for a more intimate experience that fest-goers and fans of the artist could really appreciate.
The blue and red lights lit up the night as the musicians greeted fans, thanking them generously for coming out to take pleasure in what they had to give to audiences: an honest show.
From the moment they began playing, it was a very quintessential TV on the Radio performance, with no frills and a solid display of musical know-how. This is not to say that the set lacked energy, but it was less about “putting on a show” and more about jamming live for all to hear. We got to watch the gifted band play a variety of musical instruments, including tambourines and trombones.
The extremely eclectic mixture of sound was like nothing else we heard at the festival.
Their instant-classic hits, “Happy Idiot” and “Wolf Like Me” brought the lion out of the cage in terms of fan involvement. Audience members began to jump and dance to the songs they loved most.
They also performed tracks off their 2014 album “Seeds” which is one of the most unique blends of synth-y electronic, post-modern rock and funk that the band has created. Plus lead singer, Tunde Adebimpe, has a sturdy, inimitable voice that captivates and adds to the depth of their music.
What we got was a showcase of that stellar quality that is so hard to nail down about TV on the Radio. It’s something so strangely fluid yet extremely varietal. Watching the band conquer CRSSD Fest, as the only alternative rock artist at the two-day festival, helped us appreciate that necessary oddness that they bring to the table.
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