Last night at the Grog Shop, the small crowd threatened the integrity of the club’s floor as they hopped and danced to Javelin's eclectic funk amalgamation.
The duo's songs incorporate elements of hip-hop, chillwave, and a hell of a lot of fun. They took hold of the audience early with “Vibrationz” and its swelling vocal hook and funky synth.
Tom Van Buskirk and George Langford rely entirely on electronic equipment, except for a cymbal and the kazoo that Buskirk plays — but even that gets warped through layers of effects. In fact, all of the instruments — keyboards, drum pad, and some sort of keytar — are funneled through digital processors and a stack of disheveled boomboxes, which then translate the sound through monitors.
Percussionist Langford looked like was leading an aerobics class, bouncing in rhythm as he smacked an electronic drum pad with sticks, creating the funky rhythms that supported the effects-laden vocals, pre-recorded sounds, and the keys Buskirk used to establish the melodies.
Hopping on the stage, flailing his hand like a tormented R&B singer, Buskirk half-sung, half-rapped “On It On It,” the digital melody of which was made even more addicting when lyrics from Mariah Carey’s “Fantasy” got tossed in. “Oh! Centra” also gave a nod to the past, borrowing a lick from Salt-N-Pepa’s “Push It” near the end.
Javelin’s party-atmosphere performance kept the crowd energized. Their blue-collar approach to electronic music is as much fun to watch as it is to dance to. —Adam Burroughs
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