Live Review: The Internet at The Crocodile 11/18/12

photos by Brittany Brassell

At first glance, The Internet may seem like a bit of a wildcard. The band is fronted by Syd tha Kid, predominantly known as the DJ for LA hip-hop collective Odd Future, who, if nothing else, have developed quite a particular reputation for themselves. But The Internet is a far cry from being just another Odd Future act. In fact, they might just be the most interesting of the whole bunch! After rocking a great live session in the KEXP studio, The Internet moved down a couple blocks to the Crocodile and played an absolutely excellent set. Mixing new material, tunes from their thought-provoking 2011 debut, Purple Naked Ladies, and a solo tune from keyboardist Tay Walker, the Internet kept the audience on their toes with a progressively evolving set. Plus, they were a lot of fun to take pictures of, as you can see above and below.

On the record, The Internet mix jazz and bedroom hip-hop with plenty of vocal layering to create a disorienting trip through some pretty lovely scenery. Even amidst Syd’s blunt-as-can-be lyrics on tunes like “She Dgaf” and “Cocaine”, the musical textures reciprocated are entrancing and totally inviting. But surprisingly, this is 100% more the case in the live setting. The Internet’s founding members, Syd and Matt Martians, are joined by Tay Walker on keys, as well as a touring bassist and drummer for a totally honest, stripped back jazz set. Matt switches between synth sounds on his laptop, but the backing track is hardly there. Rather, the seriously impressive musicianship of each of these young musicians takes full precedent. On the record, Syd’s voice may be buried behind walls of sound or obscured by reverberated echoes here and there, but live, she got to let her beautiful voice out of its cage completely. As can be expected, the audience was very appreciative.

Songs from Purple Naked Ladies were toned back and smoothed out and gave a more refined perspective on the ideas seen on the record. Every track was soothing and rich and the counterbalance between sounds onstage was near perfect. Towards the end of the night, Tay Walker pulled out his smooth as butter single “Karma” and ladies in the crowd swooned. But the highlight of the night was most likely the Internet’s single “Fastlane”. The 90s hip-hop energy felt incredible in the jazzier setting and everyone in the Crocodile was grooving along. And as they wrapped up their set list several tunes later, no one in the audience was left unsatisfied.

Check out more of our photos below:

Listen to some new tunes over at the Internet’s website. Also, make sure to check out their debut LP, Purple Naked Ladies, out now on Odd Future Records, and available on iTunes.

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