Performing as Washed Out, Ernest Greene should have incorporated something, anything to accompany his hazey electro beats. When he finally did his show felt complete.
Washed Out's Ernest Greene didn't need any help to accurately render his sample-heavy songs at DC9 on Thursday night. What he did need help with was stage presence. After all, there are few things less engaging than a dude crouched over a table full of samplers and effects pedals. So Greene wisely kept his solo set short, ceding the stage to his tour mates, the groove-heavy synth-pop act Small Black. After a set's worth of Small Black songs, Greene jumped back on stage and performed a few more Washed Out numbers with Small Black acting as his backing band. With the benefit of a real rhythm section and the stage show that a full band affords, Greene's technicolor jams proved difficult to resist. It should speak volumes that by the end of the night, the room had turned into a sweat-soaked dance party, a rare occurrence in a town known better for--in the immortal words of the Dismemberment Plan--"doing the standing still".
Photos by Mehan Jayasuriya