With high expectations, we went to see dan le sac vs Scroobius Pip on the sold out last date of their short UK tour at The Garage in London on 21st October. We entered the venue and got a drink and as the crowd and atmosphere began to build, we knew we were in for a great show.
Opening up for dan le sac vs Scroobius Pip was Prolyphic & Buddy Peace, another hip-hop duo of the Strange Famous Records label that releases DLS vs SP’s material in the US. Prolyphic’s rapping is similar to that of Strange Famous label-mates Sage Francis and B. Dolan, with the English DJ/producer Buddy Peace behind the decks, dropping both original productions and remixed beats. You wouldn’t expect to hear someone rapping over a remixed version of Elbow’s hit track ‘Grounds For Divorce’, much less expect it sound good, but it went down well with the crowd at The Garage, getting the crowd involved and hyped up for the headline act.
From the moment dan le sac and Scroobius pip burst onto the stage and opened with their single ‘Stunner’ from the recently released album Repent Replenish Repeat, they had the crowd in the palms of their hands. Pip’s rapping managed to cut through the bass that was resonating around the venue at the hand of dan le sac, who was controlling the music through a setup made up of laptops, keyboards, sequencer controllers and samplers. The captivated crowd mirrored the energy they saw on stage, which encouraged the duo further, and resulted in everyone becoming completely enveloped and lost in the music.
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The setlist was a mix of old and new material, covering all bases of the duo’s musical career from the aggressive electro-dubstep track ‘Gold Teeth’ to the delicate and poetic ‘Magician’s Assistant’, as well as the track ‘Introdiction’ from Scroobius Pip’s solo album Distraction Pieces. Alongside these were a number of old favourites from the debut album Angles including ‘Thou Shalt Always Kill’, ‘The Beat That My Heart Skipped’, ‘Look for the Woman’ and ‘Letter from God To Man’.
To add to the performance of the slower tracks with a focus on the lyrics, Pip borrowed props used in his spoken word show including glasses, a tie and a hat to display the different characters speaking in ‘Angles’, a letter that he read from in ‘Letter from God to Man’ and a thick, leather-bound book for ‘Thou Shalt Always Kill’.
As the closing night of the warm up tour, it was always clear that this sold out show would be packed full of some of the most dedicated fans. This led to a great atmosphere both on the stage and in the audience, with dan le sac and Scroobius Pip joking around throughout the show (both with each other and the crowd) about the manliness of drinking a Dark and Stormy compared to rosé, how everyone with a beard looks like Pip and ‘bears’. Pip told the story of the time on a previous tour that he forgot the lyrics to a track and had to be prompted by ‘Keith’ in the audience, who happened to be at The Garage show as well. Later on, Pip forgot the words to ‘Angles’ and ended up having to stop the track. While this would usually reflect badly on a performance and disappoint the crowd, it was instead met with laughter and chants for Keith to help out. Although in other situations it could have been considered shambolic, it was a highlight of the night for many fans who will now always have that memory and the shared experience of ‘Keith’ and “That show at The Garage”.
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Photos by Dan Hess