PANTyRAiD | 12.12.08 | Denver

Words & Images by: Tk Kayembe

PANTyRAiD :: 12.12.08 :: The Gothic Theater :: Denver, CO

PANTyRAiD :: 12.12 :: Colorado
Some products are so appropriately labeled the consumer knows at a glance what's being sold. This is the case for L.A. duo PANTyRAiD. Their live show is known to be a eurhythmic riot where people swarm the floor with eyes closed and hands in the air, immersed in a high energy dance party comparable to a red light district cotillion. Comprised of Marty "Party" Folb and Josh "OOAH" Mayer, PANTyRAiD exploded on the scene in 2008, instantly turning heads with their self-proclaimed "pretty hip-hop."

Opening for Folb and Mayer was Eliot Lipp. Lipp started the mood off right, connecting smooth glitch beats with powerful synth lead hooks so fuzzy at times it sounded like bees playing Moog synthesizers. There were some true Lipp fans in the audience sporting related accessories, ranging from lip-shaped glasses to multicolored t-shirts speckled with kissy lips.

The moment the crowd caught a glimpse of two glowing white apples beaming from sticker-covered MacBooks onstage, they erupted. Quickly transitioning between setting up equipment and starting the show, PANTyRAiD stole the stage like thieves, then nearly shook the speakers off the walls with their first notes. Their sonance is so distinct it could easily be picked out of any lineup. One moment you're slowly paddling through a gloomy thicket in a dense whomp swamp, then the tempo switches and is so amped up it feels as though your heart will rupture.

PANTyRAiD :: 12.12 :: Colorado
It's truly a sight to see PANTyRAiD communicate. They don't pre-record their sets, so while building their shows live, they whisper back and forth onstage like schoolboys sharing secrets before revealing them to the crowd. This was my third time seeing the duo, and it was as brilliant and wild as the first, the floor littered with beautiful people, beautiful music, and of course, endless amounts of panties being tossed about like confetti. Decadent lasers and kaleidoscopic lights shadowed the two throughout the night as the enraptured audience wobbled back and forth to the beat, resembling bowling pins on the cusp of toppling. I definitely saw some funky moves; at times it felt like I had been dosed at the Huxtable's during one of Cliff's impromptu living room dance parties. Neon winged sunglasses from the Look Who's Talking era, and fresh, colorful custom shoes seemed to be the dress code, as around three quarters of the audience were decked out in dark shades and ornate candy striped kicks.

Keeping the crowd entertained is one thing the two beatmakers excel at, mixing up their own tracks with choice remixes. Included in their set was a crowd-pleasing rendition of Lil' Wayne's headbanger "A Mili," a very seductive "BeBa," blingworthy "Crunkalicious," and my personal favorite, "Our Second Chance."

Separate they are great, but together they are heavy - the Josh Mayer, Marty Folb collaboration is unquestionably a special one. Effortlessly, they throw down some of the heaviest, sexiest party beats for the masses while remaining kind and humble. Still working on wrapping up their debut album, The Sauce, one has nothing but the highest of expectations for their first record together. But, if the tracks on their MySpace page are any indication of how the final product will turn out, the world is in for some filthy, grimy, slo-bass planted over ingeniously chopped, tweaked and diced drums. So, next time you see the name PANTyRAiD remember: little 'y,' little 'i,' enormous sound.

PANTyRAiD :: 12.12 :: Colorado
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DAMONCORY Tue 1/27/2009 12:19PM
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They might be good, but sorry thats just a BAD name. Why not "Finger Bang"??

khamulx starstarstarstarstar Tue 1/27/2009 12:39PM
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Was at this show, def one of the sicest n bassiest shows ive seen, ooah was on fire n marty party was crazy, cant wait till their next show.

NickBoeka Tue 1/27/2009 12:47PM
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Marty Party is a crazy mofo. These guys are really something else to check live, and are a great shining example of how the West Coast is just plain gettin' it done in this genre of music...

farquha Tue 1/27/2009 02:47PM
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Fingerbang Bang you into my life!

umphrees star Tue 1/27/2009 04:40PM
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What About SAVOY opening? This article is not correct and needs to be updated. SAVOY Boulder local band were the guys that got the party started. GET IT RIGHT!

pornofunk starstarstarstarstar Tue 1/27/2009 08:04PM
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i think pantyraid is a sweet name, or like pink panty's that would be sweet too, or no panty's

EVILFUNK starstarstarstarstar Tue 1/27/2009 09:16PM
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anyone know where to get recordings of these guys... I would greatly appreciate it

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tribalglitch Wed 1/28/2009 01:55PM
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savoy was simple as fuck compared to these guys.... reid speed tore it up too

grahamcraka Wed 1/28/2009 03:42PM
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This shit was off the chain, soooo much goddamn fun. Cant wait for the next show

gregboyer star Thu 1/29/2009 09:05AM
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Real musicians play instruments, not MacBooks!

George W. Bush II starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/29/2009 10:21AM
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George W. Bush II

Anyone know of any websites dedicated to this style of electronic music? something more along the lines glitch, dubstep, or jamtronica (sorry i hate that word too, but i am at a loss)????

DrEricFautstein starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/29/2009 11:05AM
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stuckinabeat - go to - they specialize in all forms of electronica music, and some hip hop too...

gregboyer - the reason we like the laptops is because they take advantage of the technology that is available to us today...they can produce sounds that most instruments cannot create...all those awesome compositions that you hear in your head that you wish you could share with other people but simply cannot because you dont have that sound or instrument or capability....thats what computers can help with

dont get me wrong, i love a live band, but i have nothing wrong with closing my eyes and getting the f*(k down to some Heyoka or shows from Bassnectar are fun, and GLitch Mob (all 4) or PANTYRAID in Colorado would be some seriously heavy dope stuff...

Tk Carter Thu 1/29/2009 02:41PM
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Tk Carter

i neglected to mention savoy because i found their set to be extremely sub-par, even for them--a group whose live performances are equivolent to those of a first timer playing a cd on stage. rather than completely bash them (like i suppose i should have---REPORT THE TRUTH!!---), i left em out. sorry 'umphrees', obnoxious repetitive techno is not my bag, but next time ill "do my job better" and write it out the way i see it.

'evilfunk', Marine Parade is releasing their singles in the next few days/few weeks--which is why they pulled most all of their tracks from their myspace page. "beba" will be their first single.

'stuckinabeat', also peep out -- you can find really iLL mixes by a bunch of west coast glitch/idm/downtempo artists. you should peep out crendore's and excision's sets. straight fire. thanks for the comments yall, keep supporting iLL music!

George W. Bush II starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/29/2009 04:35PM
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George W. Bush II

Hey thanks a lot both you of you! Sorry I forgot to mention, but this article kicked ass, it was extremely enjoyable to read, but now I really wanna live in Colorado :) Thanks TK!

freekfreely Mon 2/2/2009 11:58AM
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Did you take those pictures with your cell phone or something.