On Tuesday night, Killsonic played at The Echo. For those of you who do not know Killsonic, they are a marching band...not just any marching band though. They are the coolest, hippest, cutest marching band in the world! The last time I saw Killsonic was on the Hippodrome, the art shuttle that loops around the Gallery Row portion of the monthly Downtown Art Walk. A shuttle is not quite the place you might expect to see a marching band perform, but then again, you don't really expect to see marching bands play LA venues at midnight. The bands preceding Killsonic that night set the perfect pace for what we were in store for when Killsonic went on. There was crazy electricity in the room. I was told that they would go on at 10:15 that night, but they didn't end up going on until about 12:30, but it was totally worth the wait!
Killsonic had about, I don't know...twenty members onstage last night, and if you know The Echo's stage, then you know that they were totally crammed up there, not to mention the fact that there were horns of all sizes, drums, and accordions that required ample space. As soon as the band preceding them ended, without skipping a beat, they started. They began their set off stage and eventually moved to the tiny Echo stage. Their energy and enthusiasm encompassed the room. You know that they love what they do and it shows. One of the highlights of their performance came when Dorian Wood sang. His vocal power is awesome and when he sings he commands the audience and Killsonic to follow his lead and we do. When he sang, that is when I noticed the passion that Killsonic is made of. When Dorian sang, the band sang his backup and their faces shown all they were made of, it was a powerful performance.
Killsonic is beautiful, organized chaos. One might not expect a marching band to be so full of awesomeness (I was guilty of having such preconceived notions) but one would be oh, so wrong. They are a marching band, a good, loud, rowdy marching band minus the choreography. If you want to see Killsonic march, they will be marching through the streets on February 28th taking part in the East Hollywood ArtCycle at 8pm and it takes place on Melrose and Heliotrope. Do yourself a favor and check their genius madness style.C. Sanchez www.loudvine.com
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