Safe in Sound swept across the US starting mid-September. Performing at Safe in Sound in Indy were the artists Just a Gent, Terravita, Zomboy & Borgore. We had the pleasure of going to the Chicago stop as well, with Trampa, Dirty Phonics, Party Thieves, and Boombox Cartel, as well as the headliner Borgore. It was a real treat seeing Trampa live for the first time in his debut performance in Chicago. His style of dubstep matches the style of the OG dubstep UK producers Noisia, and Benga. Trampa tried to get the crowd to mosh it up, but these UK producers don’t get that in the US the dubstep fans aren’t all metal heads like they are in the UK. Plus, with him being the second up on the night I don’t think the crowd had enough to drink to get that crazy.
I was really excited to see Dirty Phonics and Party Thieves, as I haven’t seen either group in a coon’s age. PT played a killer set of bass house, trap, and dubstep which seemed to be the theme of the whole night. DP also played out some dirty dubstep dangles and a few drum ‘n’ bass chunes for us bass heads that needed it.
Terravita was on stage playing drum and bass, and dubstep for the packed crowd. They played a great opening set with a few of their tracks to set the mood. They played a few new songs that I thought were killer. I’m really excited to for the new album. Terravita finished up their set around 11pm and Zomboy on deck.
Zomboy opened with “Like a Bitch” and right off the bat, set the pace for the next hour with high energy dubstep. Zomboy puts a lot of energy into his shows and the crowd will feed off it, making his shows fun to dance to. Heavy kicks filled the venue and the crowd was all synced together in movement. He played a few of his tracks from Neon Grave, and followed up with some of my favorite tracks on his Resurrected EP like the Barely Alive remix of “Game Time” and “Back Once Again.” He also played his newest track, “Invaders”, dropping filthy beats on the crowd. Zomboy never seemed to be fatigued from his active head-banging and it hyped the crowd big time for Borgore.
Borgore opened with fast paced dubstep to keep the flow going from Zomboy. He played some nasty filth that reminded me of Snail’s set at Electric Forest. After his opening sequence, he moved into a few of his well-known tracks like “Decisions” and “Forbes.” The thing about Borgore is his lyrics can be funny and easy to get stuck in your head. The crowd will sing along with his tracks and get down when his heavy drops come in. When Borgore dropped “Daddy”, the crowd went wild. That PK sound melted faces when it’s loud drop came full force. He attempted a few times to get the crowd to mosh, but not many people took part. Borgore played a few rap tracks towards the end of the night and then ended his set with some heavy metal. He tried to get the crowd to mosh again at the end, but it was a different cup of tea than people were used to for the past couple hours.
Safe in Sound rocked Indianapolis and Chicago. I want to thank PK sound and the engineers that set up the rooms. The bass wasn’t exploding my ears like at almost every show. It was a real pleasure to be able to hear only a couple hours after the show. Rockstar Energy Drinks was the real hero of the night. They had trash cans full of drinks, and a Rockstar Bar in the venues that served free cups of their energy drinks. It was a great way to turn up without having to drink $15 beers. I’m already looking forward to what Safe in Sound has in store for next year.