Live Review: CHROMEO at the Wiltern

Chromeo performed November 17th at the Wiltern. Franceasca Seiden gives her take on the show…

[By Franceasca Seiden]

Chromeo’s sold out tour hit The Wiltern, Friday November 17th for their third album Business Casual. The dynamic Canadian duo of Arab and Jewish descent is made up of Dave 1 and P-Thugg (David Macklovitch and Patrick Gemayel), two childhood friends that make up our beloved Chromeo.  Their energy translates onstage in the same way it does on all three albums. A magical spell falls over the audience and an hour and a half of non-stop dancing begins.

The Wiltern was sold out, the energy was positive and fun, everyone was dancing. Chromeo had their “Robert Palmer” backup dancers, and leggy keyboards they stood behind with their signature white jackets. If you were an 80s kid like me you can compare Chromeo’s sound to Human League, Klymaxx, Huey Lewis and The News, but in truth Chromeo is one of the most original bands to blow up in a long time. Sure, a lot of their musical and visual style can be compared to the influential two decades before them, but they find a way to make it seem original and authentic. Their fascination and love carries over to their fans.

Photos by Franceasca Sieden

For those of you who have attended any Chromeo shows, their fan favorite instrumental intro gets the crowd chanting “Chromeo Oh Oh…” and the boys jump right into their hit Fancy Footwork. In fact they do it without pausing or talking in between songs, just making it one long dance party. Songs they performed: She’s In Control, Tenderoni, Bonafide Lovin, Don’t Turn The Lights On, You’re So Gangsta, Momma’s Boy, Needy Girl, When The Night Falls, and they closed with Night by Night. Chromeo puts on a fun, high energy show.