Subtronics at The Armory, MN, 2022. Photo by Chris Kirihara.
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The Subtronics Effect: Fractal Tour Sells Out The Armory

Saturday night marked yet another sold-out show at The Armory, and this time it was a win for our dubstep friends and family. Subtronics (formally named Jesse Karden) is no stranger to Minnesota, but this time was clearly different than others.

There were four opening acts and five hours worth of head banging, but fans still left the venue wishing for one more song. As one of the largest venues on Karden’s 43-stop tour, Minneapolis came ready keep it weird.

Level Up opens for Subtronics at The Armory, Minnesota, 2022.
Level Up. Photo by Chris Kirihara.

Good vibes were around all night, the kind of energy that keeps electronic fans coming back to every show. Everyone was happy and let loose.

Outside listeners might not expect it, but I’ve always appreciated the variety in subgenres at a show like this. Granted, most of those genres end in the term “-step,” but the pacing is always changing to keep you on your toes. DnB, glitch hop, metal, and others were part of the show.

Boogie-T opens for Subtronics at The Armory, Minnesota, 2022.
Boogie-T. Photo by Chris Kirihara.

Glovers, twirlers, and glow sticks were everywhere. It’s funny how you can recognize strangers when they accessorize uniquely (I see you, guy in the furry light-up coat).

Those who didn’t dress up dressed down. There were many cold walks to and from the show. 

Crowd for Subtronics at The Armory, Minnesota, 2022.
Lost in the bass. Photo by Chris Kirihara.

Subtonics took the stage at 12:40, flashing the panels and giving us a glimpse of what was to come.

This was one of those shows that only The Armory can bring to life. Kesser took a moment call out how far we’ve come to have a venue like this in Minneapolis.

Subtronics at The Armory, Minnesota, 2022.
Subtronics. Photo by Chris Kirihara.

I’ve been to plenty of shows at The Armory – if there was a ‘season pass’ I’d probably pick one up –  but this show definitely featured the loudest roar I’ve heard from the crowd, specifically when he asked “you guys alright with gettin’ a little weird?”

They were.

Crowd for Subtronics at The Armory, Minnesota, 2022.
Crowd keeping it weird. Photo by Chris Kirihara.

I’d say it’s a good sign when you can feel the GA floor shake. I might just be imagining things, but I might’ve seen the crew getting into it too.

Subtronics did what he does best and melted faces late into the night. If you missed their show be sure to catch them next time they’re in town. 

Subtronics at The Armory, Minnesota, 2022.
Subtronics. Photo by Chris Kirihara.

Written by Chris Kirihara

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