Boulder Theater, September 24, 2017
Article by Max Rothstein
I don’t think I’ve ever seen or heard anything like Ghostland Observatory. The Austin, Texas-based electronic rock duo certainly put on a show Sunday night at the Boulder Theatre. High energy front man Aaron Behrens, (who looked strikingly similar to Mac from ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’), has vocal chops like Getty Lee, and had stage presence that paid respect to Mick Jagger. Behrens undeniable talent along with wizard-cape wearing Thomas Ross Turner, have created a unique take on electronic dance rock that’s impossible to not have a good time to.
I came into the show knowing very little about Ghostland Observatory. I had heard their most recent EP, Life of the Party, once before. But those four tracks did not prepare me for the unique experience I was about to witness. A strong element of the show was their use of lasers and strobes. The vibrant lights were mesmerizing, and epically enhanced my experience.
Finally, the duo started performing featuring a vocoder and a Daft Punk-like dance beat. Immediately, I knew that Ghostland Observatory was something unlike anything I had ever heard, as they started mixing distorted guitar and other rock elements into their sound. What amazed me the most was front man Aaron Behrens. He hit notes that could only be reached with a hard kick to the groin, and still managed to have an endless energy onstage that I’ve only seen before from rapper Travis Scott.
When looking back at the show, the first memory that comes to mind is from “Sad Sad City,” off their sophomore album, Paparazzi Lighting. This was the only time I ever saw Behrens take a break from singing. The crowd took over, singing every word while still grooving off his contagious vibes. I looked back to the mezzanine and saw people having such a good time that some of them almost fell off the balcony.
This is a show I would without a doubt recommend. The duo is a sight you have to see in order to believe. If they ever come back to Boulder, I’ll be the first in line to buy a ticket.