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35Denton: Idiot Glee slow to please
H. Drew Blackburn
Senior Staff Writer
J&J’s Pizza was at capacity during two earlier sets from rock heavy acts War Party and Ghost Wave – who by the way would have blown the roof off if there was one in the basement.
Most festivals attendees made their way to other venues as the underground spot mainly cleared out before Lexington, KY native Idiot Glee’s solo performance.
The set started rough. Sound check issues plagued the first ten minutes as a drum beat uncannily similar to Michael Jackson’s seminal single “Billie Jean” false started and stopped numerous times.
As a one man set Idiot Glee held his own with a set up that included three small midi sets and a drum machine to fuel loops and glitzy electronic sounds.
Putting a finger on Idiot Glee’s sound is tough. It’s highly experimental, the vocals are slightly distorted, the lyrics are fathered by an obvious influence of blues and soul and the drum breaks are reminiscent to mid 90’s hip hop.
After a slow start the set got progressively better as his best stuff was saved for the end. It’s a shame the audience wasn’t larger. It’s safe to say that some idiot’s missed out on sheer glee.