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OTB Review: Tritonal w/ Super8 & Tab @ Soundgarden Hall

Thursday, October 25, 2012
Daniel Taibleson

Written by OTB's Philadelphia Correspondent Elliot Copenhaver: Armed with a couple of press passes, I set off on Friday night to document the Philadelphia stop of Tritonal and Super8 & Tab’s Arc Tour. Heading into the show my expectations, were, well, non-existent. I had never been to the venue (the brand new Soundgarden Hall), I’d yet to see either duo perform live, and I’d certainly never been considered “a member of the press.” Upon arrival, Soundgarden Hall gave quite the first impression. It was larger than I anticipated, with remarkable lighting, a BYOB backroom lounge, and some elevated surfaces for good measure. In other words, it seemed perfectly suited for the night’s festivities. With local Philly promoters from House of Hearts as my guides, I setup stage side and prepared for a heavy dose of trance and progressive house.

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Straight from Finland, Super8 and Tab have been a steady force in trance music since teaming up in 2005. Although “Empire” is the duo’s only studio album (well one of two if you count the Remixed version), they’ve developed an impressive catalogue of singles and remixes during their time collaborating together. Their set had an excellent balance of older classics (“Helsinki Scorchin”), tracks off of Empire (“Awakenings”), and their always on point remixes (“I’ll Listen”). For me, their new single “Fiesta” was the highlight of the set. (see video below). It’s a song I’ve had in constant rotation, and the opportunity to hear it live did not disappoint.

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The pinnacle of the night took place as Super 8 & Tab closed out their set. Tritonal joined them onstage and rather than handing over the decks, Super8 & Tab stuck around to introduce “Arc”, a brand new collaboration between the two duos (and namesake of the tour). This got the crowd into an understandable frenzy.

After that sort of introduction, I was skeptical that Tritonal would sustain the energy and excitement for their entire set, but Dave and Chad had no intention of slowing down. They soon transitioned into their remix of Cosmic Gate’s “Wake Your Mind “ and didn’t let up until the lights came on at 2AM. I can say in all honesty that I’ve never seen a pair who exude as much energy onstage as Tritonal. With an unrelenting track selection and lively stage antics, they had the crowd active and engaged for the entire show. Their new mashup of “Slave” with BT & Tiesto’s “Break My Fall” (the appropriately titled “Break My Slave”) was a particularly awesome treat (see video below). They closed out with the Seven Lions Remix of “Still with Me,” and my first thought was finding a way to the Nov 22nd show in NYC. ***A special thanks to my partner in crime Steve (who took much of the video and photographs), as well as the House of Hearts crew and Soundgarden Hall, for being excellent hosts and putting together such a well-executed show.***

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