Life In Color Gainesville Featuring Adventure Club
Last Friday the Fresh Wet Paint crew got a nice taste of fresh wet paint in one of our favorite party spots – Gainesville.
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We got to the event at around 11 p.m., just as Apollo V was finishing up his set. Given that there was still another opener to go before the headliner, it was interesting to see him drop Far Too Loud’s “Firestorm.” Then again, it was the first time Life In Color had a Dubstep headliner, and this event was on a much greater scale than most shows in Gainesville. Considering it was held in the large and open Alachua County Fiargrounds, I can see why they were bangin’ out early.
David Solano went on as it was announced the paint would be unleashed at 11:30 p.m. He went ahead and took the crowd on a crazy ride of bangers. The highlight of his set was when he went from Kanye West’s “Mercy” into Linkin Park’s “In The End.” It was definitely a nice, nostalgic moment for the college-aged crowd.
Once the clock struck 11:30 p.m., the music stopped and the lights went out. The crowd was eager for the paint, screaming in anticipation. A large visual of Earth went on the screen, and a voice narrated something about stuff from another world coming to Earth. Apparently, paint is alien.
Unfortunately, it seemed the paint cannons in front of the stage were not functioning, so the staff manually shot the paint onto the crows via pump-action paint blasters, as well as their own hands. The people closest on the stage definitely got the most paint on them, call it the splash zone. Some of the kids left looking more like the Incredible Hulk than Go Gators.
During the last miutes of Solano’s set, I got a chance to exchange a few words with Adventure Club (Leighton and Christian). Turns out they were not really aware of what Life in Color was when they were initially booked, but they were more than pleasantly surprised.
“I was not really too into it, so I had to do some research,” said Leighton. “It was quite an honor to be the first Dubstep headliners for this, which we only found out a few hours ago.”
Both Leighton and Christian couldn’t have been more excited to throw down some dirty dub in the paint, especially since they were be the first ones to do so.
“I think it’s great, it really shows that the roots are there for more variety,” said Christian. “It’ll be really interesting to see the crowd’s reaction throughout our set tonight.”
The paint continued to flow through the rest of Solano’s set and, once he was done, Josh Yuwa, the local opener of the night, went on the mic for a brief intermission. It seemed as though he was going to present Adventure Club to the crowd, but were we in for a surprise. After introducing himself to the paint covered masses, he introduced his girlfriend, Jessica, and everyone knew what was about to happen.
Josh got down on one knee and proposed in front of the screaming thousands. She ecstatically said yes, and thank Daft Punk she did, or else that would have been more awkward than walking in on your roommate jerkin’ it. They embraced and Adventure Club took to the stage to a roaring crowd.
For being well-recognized in the Dubstep community, I was quite surprised in the variety of styles they represented. They played everything from moombahton to drumstep, while keeping it mostly bass and energy heavy. Notable tracks included Nicky Romero’s “Toulouse,” Skrillex and Wolfgang Gartner’s collaboration “The Devil’s Den,” and Torro Torro’s remix of “Go Deep.” Of course, they definitely showed an interest in the recent trap craze, dropping tracks like Dillon Francis’ “IDGAFOS (The Rebirth)” and Mayhem and Antiserum’s “Brick Squad Anthem.”
Check out this live clip. More to, come so stay tuned!
Personally, my favorite moment of their set was when they started playing The Temptations “My Girl.” Given the song has been played innumerable times since it’s release decades ago, everyone in the crowd knew the words and weren’t afraid to sing along. What was even better was when they went into Doctor P’s drumstep/hardstyle monster remix of “Love Goes Down,” a tune I rarely ever see played out.
Though there were some flaws with the paint aspect of the program, Adventure Club’s performance was definitely more than enough to make up for it. Be sure not to miss their set at Counterpoint!
Oh, and this happened. DOMEDDDDDD.
Keep the paint fresh and sticky y’all.