There were no instruments, just a DJ. But Casey Spooner, primary songwriter/singer/diva, only needed a microphone, his dancers and racks of wardrobe changes to put on an engaging colorful performance last night. Warren Fischer, the composer and co-founder of Fischerspooner, was unnecessary and probably not present for the group's 2009 American tour debut (right here in Philly!).
It was a disappointment for Spooner that he only got to tour their stage production supporting the release of their last full length, 2005's Odyssey, for only a few months in Europe. So with 2009's Entertainment it seems like funding and enthusiasm surrounding their brand new record have gotten the flashy, art star, electropop team back on stage and here in the U. S. of A. Three strong singles have already become Fischerspooner standards: "The Best Revenge," "Danse En France" and "Supply & Demand."
Though the TLA was nearly half full, it didn't stop Spooner and his tightly choreographed, hard-working, sweat-dripping troupe of dancers from giving America a proper sign of arrival: shouting "DANCE MOTHERFUCKERS, DANCE!" repeatedly during "Emerge" (see attached video) despite minimal crowd dancing. It took Of Montreal's April Trocadero show to a higher level; a more professionally executed spectacle. Only slightly disappointing; not a hint of confetti or glitter thrown about.
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