A Night at Church on the Black Tiger Sex Machine: Midnight Terror Tour

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After making their Shambhala debut earlier this summer season, and a heavy efficiency at Paradiso, Black Tiger Sex Machine continued their reign of bass upon the Pacific Northwest with their Midnight Terror Tour. Featuring a custom-built stage, newly programmed helmet, and assist from the likes of Kai Wachi, Lektrique, Yookie and extra, the Midnight Terror Tour was a basshead’s dream. With several stops across the PNW, there have been loads of alternatives for followers to catch the masked trio.

We first caught the Midnight Terror Tour in Vancouver for a offered out night time at Venue with assist from Lektrique. Lektrique warmed up the room together with his authentic sound and dished out a strong set of electro-bassy goodness. The 25 yr outdated Belgian and Kannibalen Records label mate was an ideal option to assist the tour. With several collaborative tracks with BTSM, Lektrique was fairly acquainted with the crowd and set the tone for the starting of the night time.


The quick break earlier than BTSM took the stage rapidly ended with the crowd chanting “B-T-S-M”! Although we’d seen previews of the stage and a teaser of what to anticipate, nothing actually ready us for what was about to go down. It felt like Shambhala over again, and earlier than dropping the first monitor, the phrase “Who’s able to relive Shambhala?!” was yelled and the crowd went wild. The power in the air felt simply the identical because it did again on the farm, and at this level, the complete stage manufacturing was in full swing and it was almost unimaginable to face nonetheless.


The subsequent 90 minutes included virtually each BTSM authentic, remix, and collab we might have wished for. These guys have discovered a technique to take their efficiency to the subsequent degree by not solely performing dwell, however controlling their mild cues all whereas mixing at the identical time. We actually appreciated moments when the stage lights would sync with the helmets or the delicate flashes of textual content throughout the display screen. Certainly no Paradox or Cube 2.1, however nonetheless an ideal instance of what’s doable when performers carry alongside their very own manufacturing.


The set lastly got here to an finish with the guys eradicating their helmets and coming right down to the crowd for high-5s and photographs. A second wave of “B-T-S-M!” chanting was adopted by one other few tracks performed out and one final mosh pit. After their set we had a little bit of time to talk with the guys and listen to about the tour, their summer season, and their followers.


One factor we’ve seen is simply how concerned BTSM is with their fan base. The group stays extremely energetic on social media and regularly posts to their BTSM Church FB group, and after watching them take the time to say hello and get loads of group photographs throughout the meet-and-greet, it’s clear how a lot they worth their followers. Before we left we made positive to ask them about their summer season and which competition was their favourite. It wasn’t exhausting to consider when Julien Maranda responded with “Shambhala”. When requested why he merely mentioned “There’s simply nothing else that actually compares”.

The Midnight Terror Tour continued on to Spokane, Seattle and Portland, and delivered every night time. The mixture of dwell performances, stage presence, and thrilling manufacturing actually made for a memorable present. While we’ll all the time take pleasure in catching our favourite artist in any capability we will, tour stops that embrace manufacturing will all the time be certainly one of our favorites. The potential to current their music how they want whereas accompanying with gorgeous visible manufacturing actually permits for a very immersive expertise.

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