DAMN last night was fun. A few of us here at UFO headed down to Denver to kick it with our buddy Jay Murphy, a.k.a. Up Until Now, before his show with Archnemesis, Fisk and Ableminds; and it truly turned out to be an incredible night of live music. We were hanging out with Jay while Ableminds took stage, so unfortunately we were not able to see the majority of their set… regardless, we could hear them jammin’ hard, and they definitely help set the tone for when Fisk came on. Bringing out all the crunked-up glitch-hop that we could ask for, Fisk packed out the dance floor with on-point hip-hop sampling and rage-worthy rhythms.
By the time our Up Until Now took the stage, the atmosphere in Cervantes was overflowing with anticipation… the crowd had packed in the venue, and everyone was inching their ways toward the next available spot closer to the stage. Almost immediately, Jay—accompanied by his brother David Murphy of STS9—busted out the big guns: they recognized the energy that was expected from the crowd the second they got onstage, and were instantly ready to accommodate. With Jay on synths and live electronics – and Murph hopping between synths and bass – the two brought an exceptionally dynamic and organic electronic performance to Cervs’ which pumped up the crowd beyond belief… but it didn’t stop there. Colorado favorite and collaborative aficionado Dominic Lalli (of Big Gigantic) hopped onstage for several songs, officially crowning last nights Up Until Now performance as the best we have ever seen. It was incredible how naturally the performance progressed; and even better how well UUN painted the picture for such a spectacular performance.
Although we had to leave to get back to our first UFO Friday at The Goose and couldn’t catch Archnemesis’s set, we were extremely confident that he left the crowd as in just as much a state of awe as the acts before him. Overall, a phenomenal night… no doubt, Euphonic Conceptions shows should not go unnoticed.
Check out our photos from last night’s show: