The New Deal
The Orange Peel
Asheville, North Carolina
August 28, 2009
With the increasingly popular electronic music scene growing by the day, it was time for Canada’s The New Deal to take their act to The Orange Peel’s storied and coveted stage.
Playing on Friday, August 28, folks were done with work and had their boogie shoes on for the weekend.
Unknown to many was the fact that this electro-three piece mostly builds their shows from scratch, delivering music that’s new and different each night, similar to EOTO. With that kind of spontaneous approach to construction, you get something that is raw and unpretentious every time.
Initially, their show was very video game-esque, sounding like soundtracks from NBA Jam or Street Fighter. By the time the second set rolled around, the band was in stride and hit on a few of their album tunes, including the much funkier "Homewrecker."
The energy inside The Orange Peel was extremely high throughout the show, with the almost capacity Asheville crowd making the venue floor bounce, as if it was a trampoline as opposed to hardwood.
The MVP of this show was The New Deal’s drummer, Darren Shearer, who laid down breakbeats and grooves rarely duplicated, not to mention a couple of amazing beat-box sessions.
With The New Deal having brought that kind of energy to the stage in a completely new fashion, what would keep you from not seeing them next time they’re in your town?