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11/11/13

SHOW REVIEW: Holy Ghost! wsg Midnight Magic at The Crofoot Ballroom November 8, 2013



Pontiac’s Crofoot Ballroom hosted a night of butt shaking music from Holy Ghost! along with special guests Midnight Magic and Erno the Enferno taking on opening duty this past Friday night. Brooklyn’s Holy Ghost! have made a name for themselves with their synth-heavy post-disco/electronic dance music. Holy Ghost are currently on the road supporting their sophomore album, Dynamics, which was released in September. Their set Friday night consisted of an equal mixture of songs from Dynamics and 2011’s self-titled release.



Holy Ghost!’s, Alex Frankel and Nick Millhiser, record as a duo, but when performing live they are joined on stage by 4 additional touring musicians. Their beat inclined set included the tracks “It’s Not Over”, “Hold On”, and perhaps, their best known song, “Do It Again.” The only time that the beat slowed down a bit was during Dynamics stellar mid-tempo throwback track “It Must Be the Weather.” Some marked LCD Soundsystem touring equipment was visible on stage during their set, borrowed from their DFA Records label mates. Holy Ghost! seem to know their what their fans want to hear live considering that they played fans favorites and their best material. They kicked off their encore with Dynamics' “Dumb Disco Ideas”, which they performed a week prior on The Late Show with David Letterman." Lead singer, Frankel, looked at the crowd in disbelief over the receptive cheering for the band at the end of their set. Their light show was a nod to the visuals from their video for “Dumb Disco Ideas”, a color changing panel of green, yellow, blue and red. With the evening’s music on party mode, it was safe to say that the entire audience had a great evening. Their fans were loudly rallying against them leaving the stage.



Midnight Magic, another 6 piece, served as primary openers for Holy Ghost!. Their music takes you back to 1970’s disco with funky bass lines and infectious melodies. Midnight Magic contains three former members of Hercules and Love Affair as well as lead singer, Tiffany Roth. The charismatic Roth, has exceptionally strong, raspy vocals, somewhat similar to Florence Welch, which make their disco gritty and memorable. Live, songs like "Beam Me Up" and "Superman" make for a funky good time. Their style of mature disco is sure to win over the artsy and better versed dance music crowd. Fun fact of the night: the now defunct band, Automato, featured members of Holy Ghost! and Midnight Magic. 



Popular Detroit DJ, Erno the Enferno, kicked off the night with another of his killer DJ sets.