No, that’s not Asteroids Galaxy Tour in that new Heineken/James Bond commercial that’s played incessantly throughout every sporting event you’ve watched lately. You’re forgiven for thinking that, however, as it looks similar to a popular and incredibly elaborate 2011 ad that featured the band’s track “The Golden Age.” (The song in the new commercial, by the way, is “Man Like That” by Gin Wigmore).
But there’s only one Mette Lindberg, and the sultry blonde singer of the Danish psychedelic dance-pop group is hard to miss and impossible to ignore. When the band played in late January here in DC, they didn’t play like a band that had only been together a few years and had just two albums under their belt. They put together a loud, kinetic, ultra-high energy dance party with Lindberg vamping and dancing for the duration, leaving the crowd sweaty and delighted, with ears ringing for days. They’re a band that plays pop music absolutely riddled with toe-tapping hooks and the added bonus of a rock-solid horn section, and that show illustrated why artists like Amy Winehouse scrambled to secure the band as an opening act.
With another year of touring under their belt, the band has just gotten tighter – songs from their debut album Fruit, including the funky “Sun Ain’t Shining No More” and jumpy “Around the Bend” (which you also may have heard in an iPod commercial) take on a whole new life in front of an audience. Couple that with songs from their stellar 2012 follow-up, Out of Frequency, and Friday night is primed for an amazing night of music. The band played at DC9 in 2009, and their show in January was at the Rock and Roll Hotel. Friday’s show is upstairs at the Black Cat. You’ve seen the pattern before, DC music fans – the venues will keep getting bigger, and you’ll want to say you saw them first.