PHOTOS: The Voidz create sonic uprising at The Chapel

Photos: Chloe Catajan

SAN FRANCISCO — Experimental rock group The Voidz sold out The Chapel for two nights in a row. The side project of The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas concluded its mini residency Friday with a late set that rung in the weekend with radioactive energy.

The Voidz, Julian Casablancas

The Voidz perform at The Chapel in San Francisco on August 3, 2018.

Within its first three songs, The Voidz demonstrated a dynamic range of sonic eclecticism. The sextet opened with “Pointlessness,” an eerie track full of existential musings off 2018’s Virtue. Behind a pair of dark sunglasses, lead singer Casablancas emanated an aura of mystery that fit the song well.

Next came “M.utually A.ssured D.estruction,” a high voltage number from 2014 debut LP Tyranny that spiraled into a chaotically fuzzed out combustion. The band then followed with “All Wordz Are Made Up,” which introduced funky instrumentals that riled up the crowd.

Between songs, Casablancas held the mic out to guitarist Jeramy Gritter for some banter.

“It might almost be Sunday, but there’s no church here,” Gritter joked.

“But [the venue’s] called The Chapel,” Casablancas retorted before going back to the music.

“Lazy Boy,” a tune about the dark side of living in the spotlight, changed the pace again with a somber melody. But The Voidz closed out its first set with a danceable trinity, consisting of “QYURRUS,” “Leave it in My Dreams” and “Wink.”

The band then came back for a two-song encore, playing its reimagined version of Michael Cassidy’s “Think Before You Drink” and supersonic bop “Where No Eagles Fly.”

New York band Promiseland started the show with a blend of erratic, goth-rock beats and hardcore vocals. Johann Rashid, who fronts Promiseland, has an interesting and immersive stage presence.


Promiseland performs at The Chapel in San Francisco on August 3, 2018.

Before the set began, a crew member brought out a glass and a bottle of whiskey. Rashid proceeded to fill the glass halfway, return the glass to the crew member and sip from the bottle instead.

Jumping on amps, starting mosh pits themselves and climbing to the balcony, Promiseland had boundless energy throughout the performance. Between the doomed lyrics of “My Shadow” and the anarchic undertones of “Take Down the House,” Rashid would smack his keyboard against his chest and head. This caused some surprised looks from the crowd, but everyone headbanged along with it by the end.

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