As one of the few people who fully embraced Justice’s flirtation with prog rock on Audio, Video, Disco (see our review here), I was very interested to see how the new direction would manifest in the live show. Interestingly enough, the way the French electro duo decided to bring their homage to prog rock to the stage was by mashing the new material up with the heavy, dark, beat-driven sounds of their first album. However, the pyschedelic, high-end focused, melody-driven tracks from AVD can’t really stand up to the more powerful in-your-face beats of Cross.
The result was a performance that, for me, more closely resembled their previous sold-out 9:30 Club performance almost exactly four years earlier than the material on the album they are currently promoting. That said, while the performance did not seem as experimental or challenging as AVD, the crowd at this year’s sold-out 9:30 Club performance was treated to an evening of hard-hitting, nearly nonstop beats served up by one of the biggest names in dance music.