Hood to Hood West Seattle: Head Like a Kite

photos by Matthew Thompson

photos by Matthew Thompson

Only one word can describe local duo Head Like a Kite -– beatastic! The brainchild of electronic Einsteins Dave Einmo and Trent Moorman, HLAK has been manipulating sound and shattering genres since their 2006 debut Random Portraits of the Home Movie. Four years later, the pair still posses their electro mojo, proving their ever-expanding talent on their latest endeavor, Dreams Suspend Night.

The duo opened at West Seattle’s Easy Street Records with “She’s Wearing That Costume,” the perfect jolt of caffeinated electro for the 9:30 a.m. performance. Moorman, clad in head-to-toe red and sporting an Egyptian inspired headpiece, drummed the crowd into a shoulder-shaking, foot-stomping trance as Einmo sang and strummed like a 70s psyche god. “The Perfect Drinker” showcased Einmo’s technical guitar work as the duo gave off waves of heated seduction. Just when it seemed like the beat couldn’t get any more bombastic, guest vocalist Tilson (The Saturday Knights) joined the pair onstage for “We’re Always On the Wrong Side of Sunrise.” Commanding the mic, Tilson took HLAK’s psychedelia to a new level with his epic rapping, worthy of comparison to the almighty Deltron. The pair concluded their 5-song set with the synth-driven “We Are So Entangled.” Einmo prepared by trading his guitar for keys and mic for an old-school telephone rigged up to a mixer. Bass, ambulance sirens and distortion took over, creating a frenzy of digital ambiance, before leaving the room with roll of “KEXP” echoes.

Check out Head Like a Kite tonight, May 21 at Neumos with DAEDELUS and Thee Emergency.

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