The Floozies brothers, Matt and Mark Hill wowed the sold-out crowd at Variety Playhouse last Friday evening. Fatboy Slim's "Right about now, the funk soul brother/Check it out now," lyrics rang in my ears thinking back on the fantastic performance.
The tour is named after the duo's latest EP, Funk Jesus - The Second Coming, and it certainly lived up to its funky name. It was a cold night in Atlanta as hippies and festie kids piled into the venue located in Little Five Points. Atlanta's own Space Kadet started the night off with electronic and instrumental beats to get us warmed up. Band members Rohan Prakash (drums), Alex Etheridge (bass/synths), Thomas Garret (guitar/samples) and Phil Ordonez (percussion) had a crowd of folks you could tell came to support them specifically. Heads were nodding around the front of the crowd in agreement, these guys mean business. Rohan on the drums stood out as the leader of the band as he thanked the crowd, getting us excited for The Floozies.
SoDown took the stage next with a DJ setup and a saxophone sitting behind him. He's been a busy guy on tour, going b2b with the likes of Minnesota and Manic Focus, and he has an upcoming performance at Envision Festival in Costa Rica. Although his set was not exactly my cup of tea, I found myself moving back and forth when he picked up his sax. (I'm a sucker for brass.) In all honesty, it's hard to fill the shoes of someone like GRiZ who is absolutely killing it and I always find myself comparing other saxophone/electronic acts to him. Despite my opinions, the crowd was moving from bottom to top, and we were officially ready for the main act.
Mark and Matt took the stage with screams and cheers from every corner of the venue. I stood directly in front of the stage right below Matt for most of the night. After the show, my soon-to-be-hubby and I talked about what an amazing performer he was. He always had a smile on his face and takes this stance while he's playing the guitar to emphasize the nasty bass riffs and lasers shooting from the stage.
In the past, The Floozies have designed their own light rigs on tours and I can only imagine the one they brought with them was created solely for this tour. I was completely mesmerized by the lasers, at one point I couldn't stop laughing because I was so elated by the sounds and sights. Speaking of sights, Mark didn't miss a beat the entire night, I found myself focusing on the symbol on his drum set because it looked like a freaking spaceship. His solo rocked our faces off, so crisp and clean like a freshly ironed shirt.
One of my favorite moments of the night was when the guys busted out the remix of Lettuce's "Do It Like You Do," and when they started the beat of Outkast's "So Fresh, So Clean." As someone who has been following the Floozies since 2013, I can say without a doubt they are climbing to new heights and their music and sold-out shows are here to prove it. Thank you to Mark and Matt for bringing Atlanta's festival fam together for a winter gathering that we'll not soon forget.
Photos by Joshua Dover for Bullet Music