Like the rest of the true Julian and The Voidz fans who suffered through many an opening band, we were so psyched when the band finally made it to the stage as the sun was setting. We were a crowd truly appreciative of Julian and his work. We even commemorated the event with custom-designed Nintendo Blood T-shirts, created by the masterful JUANVIBE.
The chess board backdrop was mesmerizing, gritty and symbolic of the political overtones in the The Voidz groundbreaking first album. Though they chose not to play Nintendo Blood (disappointed), the entire set was every bit as powerful on stage as it is streaming in your car at too-high volume.
We waited in a super-long line that began to form soon after their set ended. We didn’t have the special autograph line passes, but something told us if we were patient, we’d get the chance to meet the guys. Not only did The Voidz meet-and-greet with one long line of fans, they stuck around for 3 HOURS to personally chat with every single person who lined up to say hi. Honestly, who does that?!?! The Voidz= awesome. They even provided a sweet poster of the album cover art, which each person signed.
We got a special lyrical improvisation from bass and synth master Jake Bercovici, accompanied by a beat from guitarist Jeramy “Beardo” Gritter. Fun fact: Jake drinks Folgers in the morning. Check out the video.
More fun facts! Beardo came up with the title for Nintendo Blood, because, you know, why not Nintendo Blood. And his 80s fashion – of which most items are acquired by his girlfriend – is a very intentional and signature element of his personal style.
Side note: We even had the pleasure of meeting Julian himself immediately after the set, and he thought we gave him a sandwich. You should go read about it.
Julian Casablancas + The Voidz 102514 @ 8 p.m.
Coral Skies Festival, Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa, Florida
- Where No Eagles Fly
- M.utually A.ssured D.estruction
- River of Brakelights (Julian Casablancas song)
- Dare I Care
- I’ll Try Anything Once (The Strokes cover)
- Crunch Punch
- Ize of the World (The Strokes cover)
- Human Sadness