Are you familiar with The Glitch Mob? . . . “Pairing the richness and headiness of the best dance music with the head-nodding backbeats of hip-hop, they only aim to move you, and they by and large succeed,” raved the Los Angeles Times.
The L.A.-based trio is touring in support of their debut album release Drink the Sea. This album represents a musical sea change for the band, combining the thundering percussive power of their live show with the experimental ambition of the group’s core producer/instrumentalists Justin Boreta, Ed Ma, and Josh Mayer.
According to Boreta, Drink The Sea certainly reflects the pioneering, individualist spirit of the West Coast electronic music community The Glitch Mob hails from. “The great thing about the scene we came out of was that it defies labels,” he says. “There’s no one single sound that unites our peers—it’s not a ‘scene’ defined by genre. Instead, what unites the artists is an interest in shattering categories and pigeonholes. Everyone around us from the West Coast—Flying Lotus, Nosaj Thing, Daedelus, Eprom—has their own distinctive sound. We all seem to want to break boundaries, but everybody has their own lane, which is what makes it so exciting.”
The group’s live show is where The Glitch Mob experience truly comes together. “A super-group live show that would make Daft Punk proud. (They can count Bjork as a fan, who was spotted at one of their recent shows at The Roxy in Los Angeles),” 944 Magazine noted.
“We’ve always wanted our live show to be as interactive and intense as possible—more of a band experience than dudes just hiding behind their laptops,” Boreta says. “Either on stage or on record, what we do has to be totally immersive, and this new show really is. If you can’t lose yourself in every aspect of it, it’s not The Glitch Mob.”