Electronic trio the Glitch Mob are on-track to have a career-breaking year, showcasing new tracks and a technology-driven stage design at the second to last show of their of their nationwide tour Friday at the Warfield.
Anchored by members edIT (Edward Ma), Boreta (Justin Boreta) and Ooah (Josh Mayeaer), the group operated their own sets of outward-facing red sound pads and banged large drums shaped like rocket engines draped with exterior visual panels.
Posted in front of a massive LED board cruising through cosmic scenes of face-melting visuals, The Glitch Mob played tracks from their 2010 debut album Drink to the Sea, as well as new material their February 2014 LP, Love Death Immortality.
A highlight was new track “West Coast Rocks,” a triumphant synth heavy remix of 2Pac’s “California Love” with intense bass that vibrated the floor. Fans frequently flashed finger symbols of the band’s logo in support. edIT, donning Flock of Seagulls style blonde hair, engaged the crowd throughout with typical shout outs to San Francisco and hand-raising in request for more noise.
With previous performances at Lollapalooza, Red Rocks, Ultra Music Festival, and Coachella, The Glitch Mob looked plenty comfortable playing inside the medium-sized Warfield theater, particularly because the band’s family and friends were in the audience.
During the encore, the band had a simple request: put away your phones, enjoy the music and dance like it is your last night. It felt appropriate given they closed with “We Can Make The World Stop.”