So blips were beeped, buttons mashed and ramen internalized into fuel for our eternal journey through chipspace and beyond, signifying the end oof another Magfest. Which was a blast, even bigger than the year before. Not the least of which because being staff this year got me out from ehind the security line. Good seats by the by, if you ever get the chance that is.
But if Magfest was anything , it was big and far too big specifically to be covered in one post. Plus, experts tell me that ad revenue gets exponentially amplified from multiple similar articles versus one big project of blood, sweat and tears.
Now I just need ads.
Anyway, this time I'm focusing purely on Ninja Sex Party; they're a great starter, even beyond their Youtube pop appeal bringing in one of the biggest crowds for a singular Magfest concert, (don't qoute me) but more importantly that Magfest was their first big debut in front of a true crowd, not some mini Youtube HQ shindig, but a proper wall of fangasaming, (You can quote that if you want).
They are a rocket powerhouse of stage presence, definitely amplified by their cohorts for their show and subsequent tour, TWRP bringing robotic fury and flying electric keyboards in equal zeal to Daniel Sexbang's too-tight jumpsuit Mick Jagger mojo. You'd never suspect they started doing proper performances, in front of real people nonetheless, just a that year, joining up with TWRP for a album, a slew of music video and the aforementioned tour. This of course, all balanced by th stoic bedrock that is Ninja Brian. Silently staring out into the crowd and judging us all unworthy.
I find it bizarre to write down the words that a NSP show is a unique thing and a must-see for fans and folks alike because those are the words you write of career musicians and though this isn't a senior moment forgetting the last 8 years of their career,it is someone in awe at the ease into which they've transitioned into a live band, having spent almost 7 of those years behind a computer screen. Comedy bands are usually one-note machinations, quick to pick apart and figure out the punchlines, after which your left with jokey lyrics behind a mediocre voice. Of course there's a giant shell of 80's nostalgia wrapped around NSP at its core, which makes their choice of cover songs for their newest album, "Under the Covers" obvious, but the lack of comedic songs and the bigger push for strong, lead vocals that singles like, "Take on Me" almost comes across as reassurance from the band that Danny can belt out the big ones and Brian is more than capable of providing the musical support alongside TWRP that is needed to bring respect to these classics on both parts.
See them sexy or some stupid M-fers, you cant deny the entertainment they bring when on stage. Every single member of the current lineup knows how to please, to bring the laughs and most importantly, how to fucking play. Right now, they'll be at IndyPopCon for one more show this year and then you'll have to wait till they announce their next set of shows, so if your near the Indianapolis area and you want to see a man in tights dodge poison darts while singing, "Everybody Wants to Rule the World", well then your welcome for making your fantasies come true.
First ones always free.
Anyway, stay tuned for more breakdowns of the other bands that blew servers this Magfest. And of course always, tell me what bands you want coverage of in the future, or just say hi.
Earl Maldoun is a freelance photographer based out of NY that will lie and pretend your interesting in exchange for junkfood from other countries. He also writes and can be reached firstname.lastname@example.org or Twitter @MadnessEarl