Glitch Mob’s infectious electronica garners ACL party’s approval

The Glitch Mob performs at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014.  JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
The Glitch Mob performs at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Los Angeles three-piece EDM trio The Glitch Mob is a generational dividing line. It’s at ACL operating in an under-21 bubble that doesn’t care about OutKast’s reunion. Friday’s dusk, laser-honed Miller Lite Stage set was interstellar and nourishing.

The Mob is edIT (Edward Ma), Boreta (Justin Boreta), and Ooah (Josh Mayer), all three operating similar switch boards and mining the technology for synth melodies, many snagged from February’s “Love Death Immortality.”

EDM lives on its game crowds and Friday’s featured flurries of glow sticks, hands in the air, dueling Mexico flags, one neon tank top that read “I love haters,” a confused gentleman with a Dallas Stars No. 1 foam finger, and a guy with a large flask: “It’s rum, rum, and Gatorade,” he said.

Picture three Benihana chefs at the skillet, squarely in the pocket, and there’s your stage setting (plus dramatic, “Matrix”-recalling light fixtures). Their sample pads featured big buttons and each member tinkered fluidly. They sampled ’90s techno pioneers like Prodigy’s seminal LP “Fat of the Land,” White Stripes, and some gorgeous, swelling orchestral stuff. Two nearby Glitch Mob show veterans complained about the lights, but the strobe pulses seemed plenty hypnotic just the same.

Author: Ramon Ramirez

Ramon Ramirez is the news director of the Daily Dot, and formerly its entertainment editor and evening editor. He is an Austin 360 regular come ACL time. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, Grantland, Washington City Paper, Austin American-Statesman, and Austin Monitor. Follow him on Twitter: @AThousandGrams.

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