The Werks are coming off of a huge 10th year as a band, and they are still notorious for showing off their experimental side, last Wednesday in Asheville, North Carolina being no exception. Fans at the Asheville Music Hall were also treated to a variety of supporting acts with Russ Liquid and Funk You.
The Werks opened the night with their groovy song “Into The Moss,” which moved into a heavy jam of “The Answer,” quickly kicking off the party. For the remainder of the show they were able to effortlessly flow from one genre into another, keeping the crowd on their toes. The crowded Music Hall was a full-fledged interpretive dance party, which helped fuel a cohesive energy between the band and crowd for the entirety of the show.
Not only did the band showcase their ability to fluidly play a diverse range of their own music, they also threw a few surprising covers into their setlist. At the beginning of the set, they went into cover of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” out of their original “Cloud Hopper.” Gearing up to the end of the set, The Werks threw fans for a loop when they ripped out a cover of the techno hit “Sandstorm,” by Darude, which had the entire crowd suspended in the air.
The whole show was made up of electric energy that was created by the relationship between the band and fans, making for a thrilling dynamic. Speaking to this evolving dynamic, the band’s upcoming free LP, Magic, was assembled “kitchen sink style,” according to keyboardist Dan Shaw.
“Last album was more of a concept album for us, where there was continuity between the songs. This one is a collection— a variety that shows our range,” Shaw said.
Magic will be released on March 17, for download or stream through The Werks’ online channels.
Written by Sarah King
Photographed by Hunter Rentz