“Browsing” The Internet- Concert Review

Cory Utsey, Editor-in-Chief

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“Wait, you’re going to see the Internet?”

This is one of many confused responses that I received when trying to express my excitement for going to see my favorite band-The Internet.

It was difficult to not show my level of annoyance while explaining that The Internet performing in San Antonio was not a web browser, but an R&B band, that mixes sprinkles of funk and neo soul with trip hop. At the same time, however, seeing a smile enter that same “uncultured” person’s face as I played “Come Over” or “Special Affair” completely rids me of that previous sentiment.

The Internet graced Texas with its presence with Hive Mind Tour concerts in Austin, San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas. I had the pleasure of seeing them on Nov. 16 in San Antonio, and I can truthfully say that this concert was one I could place in the top three experiences of my life.

The praises begin with the Aztec Theatre. Despite having been open for 92 years, the theater was in excellent condition, with beautiful tribal patterns and designs along the interior.

Moonchild, the opening act, prepped the audience with a taste of soul, delivered with the Badu-esque vocals of Amber Navran, the lead singer of the jazz band. The chemistry between each member of the band was extremely evident, as each note and each beat of the drum was in sync. Between the giggly presence of Navran, and the smooth sound of the music, I can definitively say that they were a great choice for an opener.

But this is when the butterflies really build in my stomach.

After waiting 30 minutes, the lights go dim, and everyone around me starts cheering. I can hear the opening strums of the guitar from Steve Lacy (guitarist), as he, Christopher Smith (drummer), Patrick Paige II (bassist), and Matt Martians (pianist) enter the stage. Each member starts adding onto the beat until Syd, the lead singer, enters the stage and makes her way to the mic. Just like the title of the song, they all “Come Together” and her vocals hit the mic. The confidence exuded from each member of the band is already enchanting; I find myself smiling immensely as I sway to the beat and try to record whoever is closest at that moment.

They transition into “Roll (Burbank Funk)”, a song that pulls from the “groovy” vibe of the 70s, and I notice the afros and flared pants on the screen behind them. With each song played, there is an image, or a set of images, to go with the energy of the song, and this only added to the feeling of excitement.

Throughout the night, the band played all but one song- “Bravo”- from the album Hivemind, and each one had its own flare. Because of a contest held through social media, the band brought out Nina Thompson, an aspiring singer, to sing “Come Over”. This, coupled with Lacy’s guitar solo, made the experience much more unique. Additionally, the interaction with the audience both during and between songs made it feel less like a formal concert and more like a “jam session” with a few strangers, even though the venue was packed. Much nostalgia was brought back as they played songs from their Grammy-nominated album Ego Death. “Special Affair”, “Under Control”, and “Get Away”- the closing song- were a few among many that made me enjoy the show even more.

Overall, the experience that I had at this concert was completely and utterly amazing. I left the venue replete with happiness, with a desire to see them again. Out of a 10, I would give them a strong 9.5, and this is only due to the fact that there were long periods of waiting time. Otherwise, I was completely satisfied with their performance, and believe that the experience was worth every penny.