Blaqk Audio Finds the Light
Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom - Denver, CO
September 22, 2007
First Appeared in The Music Box, October 2007, Volume 14, #10
Written by April Shondee
Sat October 20, 2007, 06:00 AM CST
On September 22, tensions ran high as the anxious fans of Davey Havok and Jade Puget waited for Blaqk Audioís show to begin at Cervantesí Masterpiece Ballroom. Taking a break from their main gig in AFI, Havok and Puget are nearing the end of their first tour as Blaqk Audio. Their long-awaited debut CexCells finds them venturing away from AFIís punk rock sound in favor of electronica-flavored dance beats. Although the wait for the duo to take the stage was long, the audience was not disappointed.
As soon as Blaqk Audio appeared, excited fans rushed forward, crowding the small stage. The group dove straight into its set, delivering one great song after another and pausing only on occasion to say a few words to the assembled audience. The music was fun and captivating, so much so that even anti-electronica people would have enjoyed themselves.
Considering that he showed the crowd how well he knows how to dance, it seemed as if lead singer Havok enjoyed himself, too. It was impressive how deftly he interacted with the audience, moved across the stage, and sang with a load of passion, all while being a mile high. Instead of drums, Puget worked the beats from his keyboard and other assorted equipment, though he, too, moved to the front of the stage on a few songs in order to sing and dance along with Havok.
Considering how big a departure Blaqk Audio is from AFI and that this was the groupís first tour, no one knew what to expect. It turned out to be one of the better shows to hit Denver in quite some time. Although Blaqk Audio wonít replace AFI, it is a thrilling side project that hopefully will grow into something more than a one-time diversion.
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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!
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