Photos & Words: The Voidz @ The Wiltern Theatre, February 2, 2019

Photos & Words: The Voidz @ The Wiltern Theatre, February 2, 2019

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The Wiltern Theatre |

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The Voidz played their first proper show in LA since last March’s residency at the Masonic Lodge coinciding with the release of their latest album, Virtue. Although singer Julian Casablancas now lives on our coast, the relentless rain that poured down on the sold out crowd outside the venue was more reminiscent of his hometown New York. After opening performances by fellow Cult Records artist, Promiseland, and LA’s own No Age, The Voidz started off with a special three and a half minute cover of Kraftwerk’s Europe Endless with Julian providing improvised vocals on top of repetitive synths. The opening song contrasted with The Voidz’s typical set of mostly dark and aggressive songs. For Take Me in Your Army, Julian introduced by saying,”We’re gonna rolll the dice… and try a song we haven’t played in a long time.” Long by The Voidz standards since it has been only just over four years since their debut album Tyranny debuted. The band played Leave It in My Dreams in the middle of the set which had the audience singing along the loudest in the night. Julian was in an especially talkative mood between songs, even crooning snippets of hit tunes such as Lionel Richie’s Say You Say Me, Salt ‘N’ Pepa’s Whatta Man, and Charlie Puth’s One Call Away. The latter of which was stuck in his head as he wandered around the aisles of the CVS across the street. At one point he even stopped to say hi to his mother who was in attendance.

1) Europe Endless [Kraftwerk cover]
2) Pyramid of Bones
3) Permanent High School
4) Take Me in Your Army
5) Business Dog
6) Leave It in My Dreams
7) Pointlessness
8) Black Hole
9) Lazy Boy
11) Where No Eagles Fly

12) M.utually A.ssured D.estruction
13) Human Sadness