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The Glitch Mob's stunning live show at the Roseland Theater

The Glitch Mob live at the Roseland Theater, Portland OR


To say The Glitch Mob concert at the Roseland Theater on May 2 was sensory overload would be an understatement. As the packed, sold-out venue would attest, having been sonically and visually bombarded by the intensity that is a Glitch Mob show. Not to mention, the lucky fan that got to Voodoo Donuts first on the day of the show and asked for the custom made Love Donut Immortality pastry, and scored themselves a pair of tickets to a show they will never forget, courtesy of Justin Boreta’s tweet earlier that day.

The Glitch Mob
The Glitch Mob
Photo: Pat Herrera

TGM is Justin Boreta (aka Boreta), Ed Ma (aka edIT) and Joshua Mayer (aka Ooah), and electrified the crowd with their bass-blasting brand of glitch and stunning visuals. As each member manned their custom synthesizer control panels, looking as like they just arrived from another dimension, and backed by an array of electronic, jet-turbine taiko drums, they took turns on lead synth, drumming, and orchestrating the crowd into a frenzy, playing their latest release, Love Death Immortality, in its entirety.

Opening with the frenetic Mind of the Beast, the concert was a rocket ship ride from beginning to ending, shaking the Roseland to its foundation. Out of the gate with a one-two punch, The Glitch Mob powered on with the pulse-pounding dance track You Got Me Out of Control, with Aja Volkman’s punchy, sampled vocals.

The Glitch Mob throttled down, allowing the crowd, and certainly those pressed against the 20’x 5’x 5’ mega-subwoofer between the stage and fan barricade, to regroup before cruising into Becoming Harmonious. It was only just since the band had launched itself into a 90-minute, 18-song mind & body metamorphosis.

But The Glitch Mob didn’t forget to showcase favored tracks from Drink The Sea, featuring Drive Like You Stole It, Aminus Vox, and Fortune Days, with an erupting display of eight-foot plumes of fire on the visual backdrop. Each track had custom tailored visuals, syncopated to the charged animation of Boreta, edIT, and Ooah. The dynamic stage show incorporated a kaleidoscope of images, pulsating, intense strobes, and bursts of blinding backlighting that assaulted the senses throughout the night.

At the halfway mark, The Glitch Mob tempered the thrill ride with the tender introspection voiced by Sister Crayon on The Beauty of The Unhidden Heart, as a floating, white lotus blossom flowered its purity against a darken stage, and aptly displayed the refined balanced TGM brings to its music and concerts.

Returning to what they do best, TGM thrusted into Can’t Kill Us, as molten lava oozed from the dazzling display behind the stage. The trio bulldozed through their remaining set with blistering renditions of Skytouch, Our Demons, and threw in the kitchen sink with a remix cover of The Prodigy’s Breathe. TGM closed out their main set with a scorching version of Skullclub before exiting stage left.

But the sold-out crowd wailed for more. And to their delight, TGM obliged with a three-song encore, delivering a reworked version of their Crush Mode mixtape Matty G-West Coast Rocks, before surging into We Can Make The World Stop, and concluding with classic pile driving glitch on Carry The Sun.

The impressive performance of music and visuals lived up to all the rave reviews the band has received while on tour, and was everything fans could have hoped for. The exhausted trio appreciatively waved and thanked the exhilarated crowd. But not before the customary family portrait was taken from back of the stage. The photo can be found on The Glitch Mob’s Facebook page and those in attendance are encouraged tag themselves. Here's wishing a quick return because it won’t be soon enough before they play Portland again.