The unofficial theme of Chromeo's sold out show Monday at Lincoln Hall was clearly, "Express yourself!" Fans danced and clapped without pause or reservation, and an (overly) affectionate couple in the front row couldn't keep their hands off of each other.
Yet while the place was packed, the vibe was more intimate than the band expected. "We haven't played a room this small in a while," singer/guitarist Dave 1 (real name: David Macklovitch) said between songs. "It's crazy; I can see all of you!" For the better part of the last decade, the electro-funk duo (which also includes keyboardist/vocoder specialist Patrick Gemayel, aka P-Thugg) has been lumped into that sometimes-difficult, late-afternoon slot at festivals, opening for whomever took top billing that night. At Lincoln Hall, Chromeo's performance definitely had the feel of a big fest--particularly during a dazzling light trick when spotlights hit Dave 1's shiny guitar and then transformed into a huge disco ball, bathing the room in a tripped-out glow that felt like being in The Jacksons' "Can You Feel It" video.