Ultra 2013: Dog Blood's Boys Noize and Skrillex Debut Two Tracks, Sick New Visuals
At $299.95 before taxes, a three-day general admission pass to Ultra Music Festival is an absolute bargain if you're using papi's credit card.
And when you consider the fact that UMF introduced free Wi-Fi this year (presumably to make it easier to FaceTime from the fest), how could you not want to spend several hundred dollars of someone else's money for a weekend with Molly.
At the UMF Chile stage, FaceTime-ing is precisely what two young ladies were doing to kill the lull before Boys Noize and Skrillex kicked off their collaborative Dog Blood set, even pantomiming cunnilingus and exposing their nipples to friends back home.
But the real fun didn't start until shortly after 5 p.m. when Dog Blood dropped the first beat and the crowd went apeshit.
Photo by Victor Gonzalez
"Miami, Y'all feel good?" Skrillex screamed from behind the decks. "Say yeah... Say yeao... Everybody's fucking awesome!"
He's right. Despite the duo's abrasive brand of beats and bass, both chemically dependent and sober EDM fans alike were raging side-by-side in perfect (albeit insanely loud) harmony. The set was so future, in fact, that the Facetime girls eventually ditched their virtual reality for human interaction.
There was a lot to see. The Dog Blood boys took the Ultra opportunity to debut some sick new visuals. A giant LED screen stayed hidden behind a big, red cloth bearing the astronaut-helmeted dog that the duo use as a mascot. About halfway through the set, though, the cloth came down, and the screen flashed old horror clips, a werewolf transformations, old '90s rave clips, and the Techno Viking, all set to thrashing, spacey beats.
Mr. Noize and Skrill slashed through a lot of different styles in almost exactly an hour. We heard everything from house to thrash, dubstep, trap, and techno. They dropped "Bring on the Katz," Astronomar's "Go Deep," "Smack My Bitch Up," even a bit of Die Antwoord. It had that party vibe, but the set was hard as fuck from beginning to end.
Skrillex acted as the hypeman, shouting on the mic, then climbing the deck to lead the crowd in chants and cheers. He stands a good foot shorter than his German partner, but he brings twice the energy with his jerky, erratic dance moves.
"I said I can't hear you," he screamed at the mass of bobbing heads and arms. "Scream so motherfuckin' China can hear us!"
They also debuted a couple of new tracks near the end, possibly titled "Limits" and "Blood Bath." Of course, they finished the show with two Dog Blood hits -- the duo's only original released material so far.
"This is the first song we ever made together," Skrillex hollered as "Next Order" came through the system. They finished with "Middle Finger," a giant fuck-you hand sign flashed on the LED screen behind them, followed by a gruesome scene of bloody club-goers.
Before leaving, the Dog Blood boys both jumped on top of the decks and raised their arms at the crowd, bowing, and shaking happy fists. A stretched out "Dog Blood" sample cued the end of the set, and everyone made their way to toilets and Heineken tents as Phil Collins' "In The Air Tonight" signaled the end was real.
But we had tasted the blood, and it was good.
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