Los Angeles three-piece EDM trio The Glitch Mob is a generational dividing line. It’s at ACL operating in an under-21 bubble that doesn’t care about OutKast’s reunion. Friday’s dusk, laser-honed Miller Lite Stage set was interstellar and nourishing.
The Mob is edIT (Edward Ma), Boreta (Justin Boreta), and Ooah (Josh Mayer), all three operating similar switch boards and mining the technology for synth melodies, many snagged from February’s "Love Death Immortality."
EDM lives on its game crowds and Friday’s featured flurries of glow sticks, hands in the air, and dueling Mexico flags, one neon tank top that read "I love haters," a confused gentleman with a Dallas Stars No. 1 foam finger, and a guy with a large flask: "It’s rum, rum, and Gatorade," he said.
Picture three Benihana chefs at the skillet, squarely in the pocket, and there’s your stage setting (plus dramatic, "Matrix"-recalling light fixtures. Their sample pads featured big buttons and each member tinkered fluidly. They sampled ’90s techno pioneers like Prodigy’s seminal LP "Fat of the Land," White Stripes, and some gorgeous, swelling orchestral stuff. Two nearby Glitch Mob show veterans complained about the lights, but the strobe pulses seemed plenty hypnotic just the same.