Once again, the kids from the sticks of Massachusetts known as Cold Duck Complex put on a phenomenal show at Iron Horse in Northampton. It’s been a while since I’ve seen these cats, but they’ve gotten even tighter in their tunes and Platypus Complex has gotten even smoother with his vocals. With an arsenal of new songs and their bag of old reliables, CDC kept the night that was started by Outernational flowing at a steady pace.
Platypus’ tactile wit and manic flows kept my attention throughout the show. Only when he broke into silence did my own thoughts go on rampage as to what sort of vocal spasms I would be spewing if I had the balls to get on stage, but alas, I’ll leave that up to the prose of Platypus Complex and the Trio.
Guest guitar Alex Shakur, no relation to Tupac that I know of, made a strong impact on many in the crowd. He’s only sixteen and he’s already at a caliber up there with Jimi Hendrix as one of the people in the crowd had said to me. His excitement and ability could be felt through each note that he played.
The sound was incredible at the venue. Many props the sound engineer. It’s not that often that I go to a hip-hop show and can hear and understand the words that are being spat, but this Friday night was one of those rare occasions where that stars, planets, and moons must have been all aligned perfectly because everything was hitting just fine.