2013 was a breakout year for brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence, also known as the house duo Disclosure. Their debut album Settle was met with critical acclaim and The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences nominated the album for the Best Dance Album at the Grammy’s. The band is now touring to capitalize on their success. I caught the group during their three-day stint at New York City’s Terminal 5.
My friend, an EDM aficionado who has seen nearly every major EDM act and worships dubstep mastermind Bassnectar, joined me for the show. We wondered what crowd Disclosure would bring. Usually EDM concerts draw ravers with neon clothing, pacifiers, and beads concurrent with molly culture. Disclosure has been ubiquitous attracting ravers, hipsters, and standard music fans.
All three nights were sold out. We were able to get a great spot on the lower balcony. This was preferable to being on the floor where one was would get pushed around, which may not be a problem for those people constantly dancing and/or under the influence. Don’t get me wrong; it’s fun to dance, but if you came to see the band, the chaotic jungle of lights and close quarters may be too overwhelming. We had to hold down our spot at the railing situated in front of one of the venue’s five bars.
There were two openers. The first was Samo Sound Boy, an electro-house DJ from Los Angeles. He played for an hour and 15 minutes and, boy, was he boring. He had no effects, which wouldn’t be a problem, had he not been idly standing, occasionally switching knobs to his thumping, ambient music.
The second opener was Chicago rapper Vic Mensa. He worked the crowd and got them hype for Disclosure. I met Mensa after the show at the merchandise table. I stopped to tell him good job – he tried selling me his mixtape and hats.
Around 10 p.m., the lights dimmed and Disclosure’s logo, a sketch of a face, appeared on a screen with the album’s intro as they walked on.
The Lawrence brothers appealed more to me as artists than their openers. The brothers both had their own booths with sets of drums, keyboards, and beat pads. Howard, the older brother, occasionally played bass. Both members occasionally sang vocals and played multiple instruments at once. They opened with “F For You” going into standout “When A Fire Starts To Burn.” They played almost the entirety of their album along with a few other songs.
Five diamond-shaped screens, flashing with visual effects, accompanied their set. The visuals were enticing, but not as overpowering as you might find from DJs who require more stimuli. The band engaged the crowd, kept them dancing and showed craftsmanship. The band finished with two phenomenal singles, “Help Me Lose My Mind” followed by “Latch,” which was accompanied by UK singer Sam Smith.
Disclosure isn’t a live act to miss. I wouldn’t say I’m much of a dancer, but Disclosure had me jumping like a lunatic and acting a fool. It is unclear the next time they’re playing in Colorado, but their songs can definitely find their place in your pre-game or party playlists. I’m sure they’re hitting the festival circuit this summer. I recommend “Help Me Lose My Mind,” “Voices,” and “When A Fire Starts To Burn.”