The New Deal made their triumphant return to the Hoosier state on the second night of a four date Midwest tour. The Bluebird Night Club in Bloomington Indiana played host to the Canadian-based electronic trio on a cold Thursday night. They are currently touring in support of their recent release LIVE: TORONTO 7.16.2009.
Nearly three fourths of the 700- capacity venue exploded into a frenzy of bouncing bodies within seconds of The New Deal taking the stage. They hit it hard right out of the gates and never looked back. The first set ranged from high-energy house music to slowed down trance tones which gave them time to build anticipation to the next driving dance jam. One thing about a New Deal is the build up keeps you wondering where and when it climaxes into an epic force of energy and bodies once again bouncing. Just when I thought it couldn't get any more intense drummer Darren Shearer called out the 1-2-3 count as they burst into the synth-heavy set closing jam.
After a short set break The New Deal took the stage recharged and ready to keep the dance party going. The band had a lot more control of the energy and flow of the second set. After a brief warm-up jam of sorts Shearer said "At this point I'd like to introduce to you Jamie Shields" as Shields fingers glided across his multiple keyboards and effects as he lead the tone-heavy jam. One of the great things about a New Deal show is the way each member knows when to step up and when to ease back when they find their groove. After a spacey stretched out jam, Shearer called out "You all know this tune VL TONE" and the band launched into the show closer.
After the house lights came on, the sweat-soaked crowd began to file out of the venue with many discussing their excitement for the next nights show in Chicago. The Canadian trio doesn't make it to the United States very often but when they do check them out!