“3030!” Emphatic bass, head-bobbing beats and hipsters in plaid. Yes, it’s a Deltron 3030 concert.
Del the Funky Homosapien, Dan the Automator and Kid Koala made their much- anticipated comback Monday night at the Majestic Theatre on tour to support their new album, Event 2. It’s been 13 years since the release of their debut album Deltron 3030 back in May 2000. Yet fans packed the seats at the sold-out show.
And what better venue for such a heartfelt return than Madison’s cherished, century-old Majestic Theatre. Since its opening in 1906, the Majestic has been host to a diverse collection of off-the-wall talent. Ranging from nu-rave and minimalist techno to independent rap and folk rock, this venerated music venue has heard it all. If walls could talk, the Majestic would have a mighty fine voice.
On this particular occasion, the standing-room space was markedly mellow, given the chill demeanor of Deltron’s largely hipster fan following. Buddy Holly glasses, ironic tees and vintage berets were all common themes among the crowd’s clothing. There was a copious amount of scruffily-bearded men. These furry faces not only distinguished the overall “hipsterism” of the Deltron cult, but they were also representative of Deltron’s characteristic campaign against the large enterprises that control the universe. The ragged nature of these beards was truly symbolic of the level of animosity Deltron and its followers hold towards the banal, well-groomed appearance of the corporate world. In fact, Del’s alter ego, Deltron Zero, is known for throwing out beats defined by grandiose intimations of futuristic interplanetary themes. For this reason, perhaps the perpetual swaying of heads back and forth was not simply a laughable sort of hipster dancing, but rather an emblematic form of worshiping the Deltron gods on stage.
The voracity of the crowd intensified from 10 to 10:30 p.m. as the stage remained empty, open for Deltron to make their long-awaited first appearance. The thrill was soon tempered by a weighty air of nostalgia that filled the beautifully antiquated theater as Del the Funky Homosapien and Dan the Automator finally made it to the stage. Joined by Kid Koala, the group cranked out beats from its first album that were followed up by tracks from Event 2.
The scratches from the concert’s opening turntablist were met with great enthusiasm from a crowd hungry for nerdcore. With the arrival of the famed turntablist Kid Koala, the crowd’s appetite for rib cage-thumping beats was insatiable. The Kid spun solo on triple turntables for nearly an hour, cracking jokes about his lifelong battle against his Canadian background that inherently puts him at negative street cred.
The group responded to the crowd’s pleas for an encore by closing with a rendition of “Clint Eastwood,” a single that Del collaborated on with the English alternative hip-hop group Gorillaz. Cranking out lyrics indistinguishably laden with social commentary and spinning records like it was nobody’s business, Deltron 3030’s performance was honorably bold. After 13 years of dormancy, this futuristic supergroup has proven itself capable of maintaining its former hip-hoppity excellence.