Music, Smoke and Lasers

December 7th, 2009

Ghostland Observatory – Terminal 5 – December 5, 2009

Ghostland Observatory - Terminal 5 - December 5, 2009

Ghostland Observatory, stars of the Austin, Texas, music scene, brought their dance-rock show to Terminal 5 on Saturday night, filling the room with smoke, lasers and the wild voice of frontman Aaron Behrens. Donning a cape, drummer and synth player Thomas Ross Turner stoically provided most of the music throughout the set, while Behrens tramped around through the light show emanating from the stage.

Straddling the line between Daft Punk-esque electronica and White Stripes-ian rock, the duo’s impressively powerful spirit and vigor had all three levels of Terminal 5 dancing. Highlights included “Robotique Majestique,” the title track of Ghostland Observatory’s most recent album, and “Sad Sad City,” all performed with just a faintly visible outline of Behrens in the constant fog and light. The bandmates matched each other’s energy (Turner banging the drums in a cape is a sight to see) and turned what could have easily been repetitive and boring into a vivid, exciting performance. —Sean O’Kane

Photos courtesy of Sean O’Kane |