Zomboy whips up a frenzy in Vancouver

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At Fortune Sound Club on Thursday, December 27

There were at least three young men wearing shirts emblazoned with “Suck My Dick” in attendance at the Zomboy show. Sure, there was a lot of what pickup artist extraordinaire Mystery would refer to as peacocking going on in the pretty packed Fortune Sound Club. Bridge-and-tunnel EDM enthusiasts were decked out in shirts with blinking LEDs, glowing gloves, and Fun Fur hats, and one lady was even wearing glowing Fun Fur. But it’s the “Suck My Dick” shirts that turned out to be the best metaphor for the gig, as that’s how subtle the music was.

Born Joshua Mellody, Zomboy produces big-room EDM with huge bass drops, wacky samples, and… Oh, screw it, he sounds just like Skrillex. Since September 19, 2011, Zomboy’s Wikipedia page has been deleted five times because editors on there don’t believe he’s important or significant. However, that appears to be a mistake, as the 23-year-old from Guildford, England, is on the way up. His latest EP, The Dead Symphonic, came out in September and hit number one on the iTunes Electronic Albums chart in Canada and the U.S.

Sporting a black T with “Hulk” written on it, he took the stage shortly before midnight and instantly smashed everyone by opening his DJ set with Skrillex’s ”Goin’ Hard” mix of Birdy Nam Nam’s “Goin’ In”, and followed that with one of his own productions, “Nuclear (Hands Up)”. Hearing all these songs on Fortune’s terrific sound system worked the crowd into an absolute frenzy, and you could tell they were going to be getting what they came for: a relentless face-fucking by nonstop EDM bangers. There would be no handholding, romancing, or foreplay on this rainy December evening.

The opening act learned about the audience’s desire the hard way. Sixteen-year-old local boy Giuliano Rascan brazenly ended his set with one of his own productions, a floaty melodic number that—gasp—didn’t have the compulsory bass drop. Everyone quickly dispersed. The young lad had fared much better when he began his set with Deorro’s “Clap Your Hands”. (If you’re not familiar with that one, it’s the electro-house song that has an Auto-Tuned voice repeating, “Everybody clap your motherfucking hands right now” for a minute before a ridiculous, room-shaking drop.)

Zomboy’s tunes clearly hold their own alongside the EDM hits. This was especially evident when he played Knife Party’s hilariously fun “Internet Friends” then mixed into “Vancouver Beatdown”, one of the more interesting tracks off his latest. Zomboy wrote the song when he visited Vancouver back in May and even played it out that night. It’s a raucous ’80s electro-funk-infused number with a guitar riff reminiscent of “"Aerodynamic” by Daft… Oh, fuck it, it sounds just like Skrillex and Wolfgang Gartner’s “The Devil’s Den”.

An hour and 20 minutes after he started, the audience was sweaty, satiated, and ready to sprint for the last SkyTrain. Zomboy ended his set with one of his biggest, “Game Time”, and the ravers grinned as they waited in line at the coat check. Witnessing the spectacle firsthand, it’s easy to understand why crowds, which seem to have an endless supply of money, flock to these shows on a weekly basis. Because, really, who doesn’t like having their dick sucked?

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Jesus
this is gross, and bad publicity for Fortune. You have to learn what these words mean.

"Hearing all these songs on Fortune’s terrific sound system worked the crowd into an absolute frenzy, and you could tell they were going to be getting what they came for: a relentless face-fucking by nonstop EDM bangers. There would be no handholding, romancing, or foreplay on this rainy December evening."

This is just fucking gross. Is this what happens down at Fortune Sound Club, are you accurately reporting a relentless facefuck fest? The whole blowjob metaphor you're stringing through out your piece is either accurate, or you could find another phrase for it.

Could me, the average HIV club goer, go down to FORTUNE SOUND CLUB and get my dick sucked anonymously? Sounds like a really good time for some young clean girl who's just had too much to drink.

You just have to worry about how you're influencing people. Yes everyone loves getting blowjobs, but it's dangerous for you to label fortune sound club as the perfect face fucking zone. Some stupid brats are going to go get HIV at Fortune Sound Club, and then those same stupid brats aren't going to worry about it and spread it to the rest of the community.

That's the message I get from your stupid article.
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Jesus
Also, the quality of these articles suggests that it's really REALLY easy to become a writer for the Straight.
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Bowener
And one must ask the question: "does this music really matter?". I'd love to hear what Alex Varty would say about this. Please ask him to go and report in on one of these shows so that we can get a dose of articulate objectivity. I appreciate that the Straight has a deep history of commenting on the local scene. That's important. But please. Let's not confuse these sample-monkeys with actual musicians or songwriters. It's offensive to people who have dedicated their lives to the craft. I'm sure the kids had fun, though...
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Not Jesus
"This is bad publicity for Fortune."

I was unaware of it being a writer's responsibility to heap accolades on a venue when reviewing a show performed at it.



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