Swedish post punk isn't normal fare for a Monday night in Detroit, so I knew I had to check out Holograms at the Magic Stick last night. Not surprisingly, the crowd was a little light at the lounge stage, but the four young men from Stockholm hit stage with little regard for the low-key atmosphere.
In support of their most recent output, Forever, the band played a mix of new material and the relatively fresh back catalog that spans entirety of the bands three years together. The mix of the room wasn't ideal for the bombast displayed by the band, but the smoke machines and strobe lights helped to push the feeling of the music. The overall vibe was cold and cutting, with the warble of the Moog synthesizer adding to the unsettling sound.
Bundled in coats and layers of shirts and hoodies, singers Andreas Lagerstrom and Anton Spetze howled through the lights and smoke, a perfect fit for the biting cold of a December night in Detroit. The band spoke little and kept an air of mystery around them as thick as the artificial fog.
Check out more Holograms right here, via Capture Tracks.