Glam-Pop Duo Electrifies Terminal 5

August 10th, 2010

Empire of the Sun – Terminal 5 – August 9, 2010

Empire of the Sun - Terminal 5 - August 9, 2010
In what was probably the most baroque Terminal 5 performance of the year, Aussie group Empire of the Sun used every inch of the stage last night. From the moment a spandex-wearing girl sat onstage reading a book under a fake tree during the Juan Maclean’s DJ set, it was obvious both the odd and the oddly specific would be embraced all night.

Fresh off a performance at Lollapalooza, Empire of the Sun’s Luke Steele, adorned in a sun-ray headdress and sweeping robes of various colors, took the stage surrounded by a cadre of costumed dancers. Rivaling looks that Lady Gaga would sport, the dancers did everything from mock-play light-up cardboard guitars to arbitrarily lay down cones onstage while wearing fish masks. Steele’s presence was fun and nearly tongue-in-cheek, and he was visibly in awe of the crowd that was brimming at the edges of each of the three floors.

The music bounced around genres a bit, sounding at times like MGMT-styled psych-rock and at others like Prince (with one song sounding dangerously close to “When Doves Cry”). Early in the set the band played “We Are the People,” the never-leave-your-head single that was featured in a Vizio commercial, but saved the twice-platinum (in Australia) “Walking on a Dream” for the encore. —Sean O’Kane

Photos courtesy of Sean O’Kane |