The Internet, a six-member LA-based neo-soul band, took over Auckland’s Powerstation last night while touring their third studio album, Ego Death.
The critically acclaimed album has been their biggest success so far as it was nominated for a Grammy for the best urban contemporary album.
After a massive reception at the Laneway Festival earlier this year, they came back to perform two exclusive shows in New Zealand.
The Internet was formed in early 2011 by Odd Future members Syd Tha Kyd and Matt Martians, along with touring members Patrick Paige, Christopher Smith, Jameel Bruner and Steve Lacy.
As I walked into the Powerstation, I anticipated the size of the crowd because The Internet isn’t classed as “mainstream”, which is why I love them as much I do. I was surprised to see the venue was full. I later learned that the show had actually sold out.
I found a prime place on the balcony, right in the center, just before the boys came out to play their instruments. There was still one member missing, though, and the crowd made it known that they couldn’t wait any longer.
Breaking out into a Syd Tha Kyd mantra, the frontwoman sprung onto the stage. The jazz, neo soul and trip hop sound waves they created muffled the cheering and applause.
The only singer, and the only female, Syd Tha Kyd made her name as a DJ for the Hip-Hop Collective Odd Future, and more recently as a lead singer of a band. It must be different being in the limelight and not in the background.
Although she did say that she was nervous, it didn’t show. Kyd and the boys connected with the audience. They chin-wagged between each song and keyboardist Jameel Bruner’s exuberant antics and humour kept us entertained. It was endearing to see the rapport between the band mates as well.
The band opened with Dontcha, a track from their sophomore album Feel Good. Kyd’s soft, airy falsetto and high pitch tones appeared to be drowned on a few occasions beneath the licks of the electric guitars and the heavy beats of the drums. But when it resurfaced, it was heavenly.
A particular highlight was when they covered Andre 3000’s Prototype., I found myself in a daze of sorts, totally zoned out in absolute awe of the sound waves that surrounded me. And if it wasn’t because of that it could have been due to the vaguely illicit smells that gently laced the air. Steve Lacy also treated us to an incredible guitar solo that I could have listened to for the rest of my life.
All in all, it was a solid all-around performance from a genuinely talented band – my favourite band.
Check out a snippet of the concert below:
The Internet’s video for their hit Girl, which has over 7 million views on YouTube.