Earlier this week, Dallas venue South Side Ballroom played host to our incredibly talented friends, alt-J. In what seems to be a marvel of modern humanity, this English rock group managed to do something unheard of: making Monday a day to look forward to. Energies were high before the music began. From the wrap around bars all the way to the barricade, the room was packed. After a quick set up and crowd hype, the tunes hit. It was an instant transition from a relaxed silence to a heavy bass-driven jam sequence. No time was wasted in getting the party started. The atmosphere shifted immediately as the dance floor was suddenly transformed into a realm of high energy and ever changing light spectrum.
The band’s first two songs provided an incredibly strong start to the night. Each member was cast as a shadow, with beams of white light blasting through from the stage’s netherworld. The sounds were a totally different turn from the group’s first album. Eventually ‘An Awesome Wave’ rolled over the audience. Dallas was fortunate enough to experience alt-J’s debut album in full. With a rhythm incorporating the group’s already established smoothness, songs from ‘This Is All Yours’ were seamlessly peppered in as well.