The first time I saw Julian Casablancas on stage was when he performed with the Strokes during their 2006 First Impressions Of Earth Tour. The second time was during his 2009 Phrazes For The Young solo tour. And the 7th of December 2014 marked the third time, on stage with the Voidz. Same artist, three completely different concerts.
Did the quality of the music improve? Did it weaken? I will leave that to your own appreciation and taste. But the technicality surely did evolve. Casablancas has been blamed quite a lot for getting outside the lines of rock n'roll, however it is part of his unique talent. He prefers to push the limits further, rather than stay in his comfort zone where his talent will never be questioned. In other words, he is willing to take the risk of disappointing in order to give his creative potential a chance.
After The Strokes lead the way to a whole new generation of alternative and indie rock bands - such as The Libertines, Arctic Monkeys or Franz Ferdinand - Casablancas explored and revived the sounds of synthesisers on his solo album, before collaborating with one of the greatest electronic music duo on their last album, Random Access Memories.
The Voidz actually opened the gig with this cover of Daft Punk and Julian Casablancas' Instant Crush. The crowd was thrilled at the sound of the first notes, and truth be told, this version was actually much more meaningful and genuine than the original, it had a real feel and identity to it, authentic, rough, and unclean as The Voidz' Tyranny album. The band played 9 songs from their new record, and covered Julian Casablancas' solo track River of Breaklights, as well as The Strokes' Ize of the World and the early demo of You Only Leave Once; I'll Try Anything Once.
Unfortunately, the show was quite affected by the mediocre quality of sound: the loud bass caused crackling speakers, and the singer's microphone filter transformed his voice too close to a robot's. It's a shame because rough style is interesting, however rough finish was less enjoyable.