(All photos taken from my iPhone 4, as neither my boyfriend nor I felt like lugging around a camera, much less the DSLR.)
On Sunday November 4, I had the extreme pleasure of seeing Justice live. (Actually, "extreme pleasure" is a bit of an understatement!) I had already bought the tickets for my boyfriend as a surprise for his birthday. I'd be lying if I said that I solely had him in mind when I purchased tickets two months prior, as I've always wanted to see them live, but unfortunately, due to bad timing and ill opportunity, I've never had a chance to do so. I've been a strong fan of Gaspard and Xavier for nearly five years, ever since I was introduced to them, and consequently, it was because of Justice that started my long-lasting affair with EDM music.
For me, electronic dance music is more than just a bunch of interesting or cool sounds put together—it's as complex and melodic as any other song that would otherwise be composed with actual instruments. Electronic music is very much tied to my mood. From sick drops and pounding dope beats that I can feel in my chest to euphoric light shows... I love it all. And Justice, with its heavy metal and rock 'n' influences, grimy, and unabashedly cool aesthetic pretty much speaks to my own punk rock roots. In my humble opinion, they pioneered and defined what I consider to be hard electro. They were my favorite then, they're still my favorite now. The second Xavier and Gaspard walked on stage (without saying a single word, ugh, their amazing stage presence) and started playing the National Anthem along with "Genesis" and "Civilization," along with a deceptively simple yet enormously captivating flashing light show... needless to say, my boyfriend and I did not stop dancing.
It was truly an amazing show, definitely one of my top favorites. I'm already plotting the next I'll see their signature colossal light-up cross on stage. As for my outfit, I always like to dress accordingly to whatever artist(s) I'm seeing, so a slightly naughty all-black ensemble with faux leather pieces seemed the most appropriate. I was wearing a Nasty Gal bustier and studded cross necklace (the cross necklace for obvious reasons), Forever 21 faux leather shorts, H&M faux leather moto jacket, along with a startlingly bright pop of LED color from my belt, courtesy of HALO Belt.
I now leave you with three of my favorite tracks from Justice's first album, Cross. "D.A.N.C.E." is a fun, light-hearted tune, "Stress," is a tense track that lives up to its song title and will almost guarantee a feeling of slight anxiety, and this particular rendition of "Phantom II" (my favorite electronic track of all time) is the extended version from their live album, A Cross the Universe. Enjoy! xo