Andrew Judah Victoria Event Centre, Victoria BC, September 15
Published Sep 16, 2016Andrew Judah opened the first night at the ninth edition of Rifflandia Festival in Victoria Thursday night (September 15), playing to a gradually growing crowd at one of the festival's premier night venues, the Victoria Event Centre.
While the room itself lent a certain indie-charm to Judah's set, the sound was abysmal at first, just a wall of piercing hi-mids through the eardrums. Undeterred, Judah and his drummer brought a ton of energy and stage presence to their fantastically varied and layered set, with soul/math-metal breakdowns, Christian rock references, automated bass lines and delicate guitarwork.
The highlight of Judah's set was when he set up a stack of loops, put down his guitar and met his drummer at the front of the stage to make a huge ruckus on a collection of paint buckets, which the by-then-large crowd got really into. Judah appears to be a master of the subtle art of looping, and assisted by a laptop and the strong percussive element, the total package was a refreshing and original set.