Bob Moses: A Sexual Kaleidoscope
Returning to Atlanta with a passioned vengeance, Bob Moses' performance was nothing short of seductive. They have made several visits to our city, and largely because of the relationship that has been built with some heavily influential folks that orchestrate some pretty dope things behind the scenes. Michael Scott has been a part of the scene here for quite some time and has aided artists like Bob Moses in their road to success. He once co-headed the Scissor and Thread label, known for its indie and ambient house sounds, the perfect beginning home for the two gents who make up Bob Moses. With this label, along with Frank & Tony, their direction was helped shaped and their destiny helped set. They emerged from this as Bob Moses to take the underground world by storm.
They made their return to Atlanta, each time arriving to a larger venue than the last, this time at the large yet still intimate Terminal West. Walking in, you were first greeted by the opening tunes of Tocayo, local DJ and promoter with local club, Alley Cat. This was followed by Montreal native Jacques Greene, a young artist who is starting to make a significant name for himself as he tours, getting booked at some reputable clubs and festivals. Both solid sets as patrons dance and mill about, or stuffing their faces with those damn good empanadas at attached restaurant, Stationside.
And then came the duo, Jimmy Vallance and Tom Howie to deliver something that set your heart racing in the throes of their passionate lyrics. Vocals consisting of love and heart ache, of desire and jealousy, of growth in this crazy adult world, the effect on the crowd was palpable. It is no wonder that this pair have gained so much love so quickly. Just a few years ago, they were playing in underground warehouses and small venues to crowds instantly addicted once taken by their performance. So to see them now in venues like Space Ibiza and festivals like Coachella and Sonar, even an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show is no real surprise. They have perfectly captured the struggles and journey of the sensual adult.
Their set started out with some oldies, playing tracks from some of their beginning EP's, Far From the Tree and Hands to Hold. As I scanned the crowd from my hard-fought vantage point of front stage, I could see that every person there were completely caught up in their own world of ecstasy. Then as "Grace" and "Tearing Me Up" play back to back you can see the reaction. Slow motions, hands running through hair and eyes closed, we were transported to our own reflections of a passionate lover, a tumultuous relationship, an unrequited love, the secrets in our own lives we dare not whisper. You would sometimes look up to stare at your neighbor, at a loss of any words but to just stare for a few seconds, both knowing what the other meant without the need for words that would only fail to describe the mood.
Set complete, moment over but not forgotten, we stick around for a quick meet and greet with the artists. They make their way down to a merch booth where you can come around back, take a picture with the duo and share a few words of gratitude. And then, as once commonly done in beginning days, Bob Moses made the trip with their fans to the small, sweaty venue of Alley Cat, to dance alongside us and DJ a set now deep and dark, a set worthy of the after hours party. As they continue to grow and climb the ladder of their much deserved success, we will always hold a special home for Bob Moses where they can return amoung those that consider them family.
Photos by Yen Nguyen for Bullet Music