DENVER, CO – Now THAT was a show. My first time seeing DeVotchka in concert far exceeded my lofty expectations. The rumors I had heard about their performances being something beyond entertaining were no myth. The night was filled with over the top halloween enthusiasm, excellent music, and acrobatics thanks to DeVotchka Halloween.
The band’s entrance was incredible! They were proceeded by a seductive little vixen in her lingerie tentatively walking onto stage as though she were in a horror film and suspected that danger was coming. She was right; it wasn’t long before zombies and vampires closed in on her and proceeded to tear into her flesh, leaving her covered in blood.
I have to admit, prior to the show, I was not all that excited about this year’s Halloween theme; Zombies vs. Vampires. It seemed a bit poppy for a band this creative. And honestly, I was afraid I was going to see a bunch of ‘Edwards’ and ‘Bellas’ in the crowd. Fortunately I did not. There were a wide array of different characters in the audience. Some stuck to the theme but many did not.
As for the band’s costumes, I was thoroughly impressed. The drummer, in particular, was an extremely convincing zombie. His creeping entrance onto the stage, heading straight for the audience as though he was ready to devour someone was outstanding.
The music itself blew me away. It’s always difficult to predict whether or not a band such as this, who have such an eclectic sound, are actually able to reproduce the sound that they create in the studio. DeVotchka proved to be fully capable. While the band as a whole played beautifully, it was the lead singer’s performance that was most impressive. In their albums, his voice is so full of soul, yet so precise. If anything, his singing in concert exceeded his studio work. It really appeared that he was pouring his heart out in front of everyone shamelessly.
In addition to the music, concert-goers were given some visual stimulation in the form of acrobatics. There was a guy dangling over the crowd, twirling around on a red drape and two skimpily dressed gals spun around on a giant hoop that hung above the heads of the band members. While this was completely unnecessary, it was still appreciated.
It was clear that DeVotchka was not interested in simply delivering good music to the audience. They aim to blow people away, in any way they see fit. By the way people were smiling, dancing, and interacting with each other, it certainly appeared that the band succeeded. But I can only speak for myself. As the night wound down, I was left in awe. Mission accomplished.