Dan Black Debuts New Material at Le Baron

Last night, we headed down to catch Dan Black’s performance at the Absolut Encore Series at Le Baron. After the success of his latest album UN he went off to the studio to record the follow-up, and last night we got our first taste of what he has been buried away working on.

We arrived at the intimate venue shortly after 8.30 pm and before long people were tightly packed in around the stage waiting for his return.  Shortly after 9.30 pm, Dan emerged through the smoke with a wonky bow-tie on his pocket and his trademark face paint on. He had brought along two friends for the occasion – a monkey mask wearing guitar player and a bunny rabbit  mask wearing drummer.

We were treated to a set that consisted of four new tracks  ‘Plastic Heart,’ ‘Blow,’ ‘Wild,’ and ‘Hearts’  and plenty of old favorites from UN. Even though this was the first time most of us were hearing the new material it was well received and he quickly had the crowd singing along. I loved all the new songs and based on what I heard, I think if you liked UN the new stuff should be right up your street.

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If you’ve ever seen Dan live you’ll know that he has a great energy on stage and puts everything into his performance, and last night he was clearly pleased to be back in front of an audience performing once again. He is also quite frankly hilarious, at one point during the evening, after working up quite a thirst leaping around the stage, he asked a girl in the audience for her drink, joking that he didn’t want her to buy him one he just wanted a sip of hers (she did later though and handed it to him mid song!)

Another particularly funny moment was when after a couple of songs, someone thought it would be wise to start shouting requests at him, and much to his amusement someone bellowed  “Into The Groove” from the balcony, to which he replied that they should take it easy things were just getting started!  It goes without saying I would have enjoyed that immensely, but his brilliant ‘Pass That Head Noize’ which samples  Missy Elliot‘s ‘Pass That Dutch’ was the closest thing to a cover during  the evening.

It was fantastic evening and we look forward to catching a longer set in the not to distant future. The album is set for release in January 2013, and will feature some special collaborations which will soon be revealed!


1. Plastic Heart
2. U+Me=
3. Symphonies
4. Blow
5. Pump My Pumps
6. Wild
7. Pass That Head Noize
8. Hearts
9. Alone
10. Ecstasy

What do you think of the new songs?

* Photo by Santiago Felipe