Full moons are rumored to have eerie transformative qualities, capable of exciting deviant behavior from the least likely suspects. Last night’s full moon transformed Beekman’s Beach Club into a synth-pop utopia, drawing out New York’s most cultured masses and converting them into cultish synth moon worshippers. Co-hosted by BULLETT and GrandLife, Matte’s Full Moon party had a gravitational pull on the most danceable acts, featuring performances by Tesla Boy, Gigamesh, Sneaky Sound System and Yacht.
New converts began with a pre-party in The Yard at SoHo Grand Hotel before caravanning to Beekman’s riverside playground. Upon arrival, Fixed DJs JDH and Dave P prepped them for a night of rowdy electronica while they sipped Sailor Jerry cocktails on the appropriately glowing sofas.
Hauling their synthesizers all the way from Russia, new wave outfit Tesla Boy opened the show with a bang by summoning euphoric 80’s pop. They ended their set in true 80’s fashion sampling “Eye of The Tiger,” inciting a tumultuous roar from the audience.
Also reminiscent of that famed era was YACHT. Frontwoman Claire Evans’ vocals drew an unavoidable Blondie comparison, and together with cohort Jona Bechtolt they popped and shimmied on stage evoking the moonwalking King of Pop himself.
The evening came to a close with performances by master remixologist Gigamesh and Sydney-based dance group Sneaky Sound System, whose vocalist Connie Mitchell could very well have just touched down from outer space.
Full moons only come around, well, once a full moon, but last night left an eternal, lunar effect on us all.