Los Angeles-based creative collective NVDES is breaking genre boundaries with its experimental "laptop-punk" tracks. Fronted by Josh Ocean, the collective is currently making its way around the U.S. as a co-headliner with Pierce Fulton on his Better Places tour, and on Monday, November 27, the tour stopped at The Warehouse in Fairfield, CT.
Following the opening act, a budding indie goddess named Noosa, NVDES took over the stage and the performance was absolutely electrifying from start to finish.
With a drummer by his side, Ocean performed song after song, from "8am" to "Turning Heads" to "Dancer from New York," and it became increasingly obvious that this music is truly meant to be performed in front of an audience. While NVDES' tracks are vibrant California-flavored ear candy, there is something very critical that the recordings don't convey: Ocean's creative intensity, his artistic presence, and his ability to command a room.
On Monday night, Ocean, who also serves as the collective's producer, took it to a whole other level on stage, maneuvering around his territory like an atom that is constantly in motion while surrealistic images of melon slices, spinning heads, and beating jelly-like hearts played on a screen in the background. Engaging with fans throughout the entire set, he exuded a rousing, magnetic energy that can only be felt in the magical glowing darkness of a concert hall.
What was especially fascinating was, as the set went on, the way the lines between the music and Ocean blurred. He became the music. He was the physical embodiment of the sounds he created.
This is a show you won't want to miss. If you liked NVDES before, you'll love them after you witness a live show. If you've never heard of NVDES, go see a show anyway and you will not be disappointed. Check out the full list of remaining tour dates here.
NVDES is getting ready to release their new EP La NVDITÉ Vol. 2, which is scheduled to drop on December 8. For more coverage from the show in Fairfield, check out Musical Notes Global on Instagram @MNGBlog, and for all of NVDES' latest news and updates, follow the collective on social media: