Julian Casablancas + The Voidz take the stage on November 6th and the crowd in L.A. greets them with a cool-glazed uproar that only long-time fans of Casablancas's work would understand.
The band rips into Xerox (from Tyranny, their debut album together) and it's everything you wouldn't expect from Casablancas. His distinct sound has been dismantled and put back together again in the shape of post-punk revival, while underlying African beats carry one song to a new level of experimentation. Melodic, noisy, unfiltered and a bit jaded, it seems to be what Casablancas has been yearning for all along.
After taking us on a fast-paced ride through new material, we are serenaded by the semi-poppy crowd pleaser Instant Crush (featured on Daft Punk's Random Access Memories).
The band closes with Dare I Care. Toward the end of the song, Casablancas aims a finger gun at his head, claws at his clothes and repeatedly punches toward the ground, howling "I don't care anymore! I don't dare anymore." This farewell is an in your face reminder of what Julian Casablancas + The Voidz collectively represent, and we are all just along for the Tyranny.
Words by Tessa Woods
Photos by Paula Tripodi
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