LIVE REVIEW: Moving Units and LESANDS @ the Glass House 11/20
It’s not everyday I get to dust off my shiny black loafers and drive out to lovely Pomona to go dancing. Pomona might not sound like the dance capital of the world and this was certainly not your run of the mill, scantily clad, fist-pump dance party. This was an electro-punk-dance affair that didn’t require a bath.
Moving Units hail from Los Angeles, CA and have been performing since 2001. Who knew I would wind up right in front of them 9 years later dancing with a newer and younger generation? I was elated to be there, congregating with a slew of horny teens taking any chance they can get for heavy make-out sessions and serious PDA. After witnessing plenty of brow-raising behavior from the audience, I waited patiently for the second band, LESANDS from San Diego.
LESANDS is a pop indie band that prides themselves in harmony, 80s dance and crotch tight jeans. Singer, Austin Taylor Tirado, has a soothing voice and his Morrissey-esque frolics and two-step prancing on stage made for an even more entertaining set. My absolute favorite song was “Pretenders” which has an overwhelming music and vocal resemblance to New Order.
Moving Units appeared onstage and drilled right into “Dark Walls” off the 2007 electro release, Hexes For Exes. As the kids warmed up, MU kicked it up with “Birds Of Prey” and “Emancipation” (Dangerous Dreams, 2004), which created a sea of swaying bodies. Singer/guitarist, Blake Miller and drummer, Chris Hathwell took every opportunity to banter with the audience, at one point offering booze, Liquid X, cookies and bananas. The fun continued with the crazed “X And Y,” “Melodrama,” and the crowd favorite, “Paper Hearts.” The entire night consisted old and new songs, high-intensity dancing and band-audience love, which seemed to garner the appreciation of everyone at the Glass House that night.