NES in the West Tour, Trunk Space, 2/6/13
Sporting monster Zangief-like beards, guitarist Thomas Drinnen dished out grinding heavy metal riffs, Daniel Drinnen laid down 8-bit Nintendo-style synth strokes, and Rustin Luther and Julio Escamilla held down a speedy rhythm section. They riled up the crowd with their outlandish personas, sci-fi gear, and a snake pit of electrical extension cords, lighting up the stage with strange PVC pipe brain-zappers and lit-up eye goggles. Their set took on epic proportions when Dr. Awkward climbed into an inflatable one-eyed-blob-monster-get-up to square off against an 8-foot-tall robot man.
Mega Ran and beat partner DJ DN3 closed out the show in storyteller circle fashion with DN3 laying down classic old-school cuts and video-game scores. Mega led chorus chants and belted out emphatic "yeah's" as he delved into his catalogue of autobiographical tracks inspired by his inner geek. Highlights of his set included an unrehearsed, impromptu freestyle rap and appearances by his Writer's Guild brothers Roknowledge, Mr. Miranda, and RoQy TyRaiD. For the freestyle Mega Ran had everyone in the crowd pull out a random item from their pockets, and he included each one in a rhyme. Missing only MC Pennywise, the four friends also got down on a wicked cypher before calling it a night.
If the lineup can maintain the same energy throughout the month, the tour should be a surprising treat for anyone lucky enough to catch these geeky goofballs.