College has the JAMS. - Oh My Rockness

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July 16, 2012
This is called "The Drive Tour." You know why? Because College did that amazing song A Real Hero at the end of the movie, "Drive." That song featured vocals by Electric Youth. Electric Youth are playing this show too. Thus, the "Drive" tour. (PS Anoraak is also playing this show - Anoraak rules - but I don't know how they relate to "Drive.") Anyway, I've been loving David Grellier's (aka College) knob-twiddling deep-synth instrumental jams for a couple years now.

College's "Teenage Color" EP was long in my heavy rotation when it came out in 2008 (if you missed it, go back and start with that title track - it's an amazing dance jam). And that's right around the time I also got into all the bands in his electronic collective called "Valerie" (Anoraak, Outrunners, Minitel Rose etc).

But only recently has College found (relative) fame on this side of the Atlantic. And yes, it's because of "Drive." It allll comes back to "Drive."

College doesn't tour the States much, so when he does you should go. Don't expect anything crazy on stage. I saw him at this year's SXSW and he just sort of stands over his laptop and, you know, twiddles his knobs. But machine hoverer or not, this dude knows how to make straight-up JAMS (I believe I've mentioned this already). And those jams (reference #4) are going to sound even better coming out of a venue's sound system than your little computer speakers.

So go see College and let the jams (#5) be JAMS (#6).

College plays The Echoplex, on Saturday, August 5th.


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