There’s no two ways about it – TesseracT are damn good at what they do. At the tail end of 2013, we covered their show with tech metal titans Animals As Leaders, and since then we’ve been chomping at the bit to go back. Last week, we got that chance.
Opening the night was a strange but slightly captivating duo, Nordic Giants. I’m not quite sure how to explain what they are, but they were very interesting to watch. On opposite ends of the stage, you’ve got one guy with a set of keyboards and a trumpet, while on the other you have a guy with a drum kit and a guitar (with bow).
Up next, and main support for the tour, was The Contortionist. I liked them, but very much like Nordic Giants, they were weird. Their singer, Michael Lessard moves along the stage in a very rigid manner – it was obvious that he was in the zone. Nonetheless, they suitably warmed the crowd up while playing a 45 minute set where I wasn’t quite sure where songs finished and began.
TesseracT are just great. They’re so into their music and as a result care about how it sounds on a live platform just as much as on record. They sounded H-U-G-E. A thundering bass and crystal clear highs, while not sounding muddy at all, the tonal clarity was immense. Singer Daniel Tompkins’ vocals are insanely good too. All in all, TesseracT didn’t fail to impress.