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Dan Deacon @ Oxford Art Factory
22/02/2008

Dan Deacon is the midpoint between a middle-aged accountant and a crazy homeless man. Or maybe a middle-aged accountant who fell in with 'the wrong crowd' and ended up dabbling in some insider trading and thus ended up homeless when shit hit the air conditioning vent.

I mention his appearance only because I am sure I wouldn't find his music so darn appealing if he resembled a 'hunk' like my friend Nicholas Cross who many have described as 'a fine piece of meat'. He eats steaks three times a day and fills the time in-between drinking special extra strong man beer. In contrast, Dan Deacon plays space invaders all day, makes his own instruments, builds insane light configurations and brings the ruckus with a show that is around 99.7% more entertaining than any other show - ever.

Deacon played his first Australian show last night at Oxford Art Factory. He blew the preverbal socks off me and all that were in attendance with an hour of the most insanely random and unashamed party jams performed on this continent in some time. Not only is he an incredibly charismatic character, but his unique live show that consists of him playing amongst the crowd and re-creating his songs using a series of homemade instruments - including an Ipod Shuffle duct-taped to a banana - creates a fantastic connection between what he is serving up and those that are willingly devouring it.

I liked Deacon before I saw him last night, but when I left I thought he was right up there with David Copperfield, Mr Methane and Pigeon John as one of the greatest entertainers in the history of the universe.

Dan Deacon

Dan Deacon

Dan Deacon

The crowd was really excited about everything!

Dan Deacon

Sometimes even a little bit too excited.

Dan Deacon

At one point he instructed everyone to participate in a crazy tunnel building congo line thing. The crowd, who were surprisingly unpretentious, obliged (like they had any choice!) and for a couple of songs Deacon performed almost without any audience as everyone ran around the room like 5 year old kids who had found their parents' acid stash.

Dan Deacon

Dan Deacon

Dan Deacon will also be appearing at the Laneway Festival as it travels around Australia over the next couple of weeks. Although I imagine that his performance might be slightly tamed by the restrictions of being at a festival I still highly recommend that you check him out. For the Sydney leg he will be playing on the Reiby Place Stage at around 5.50.

Dan Deacon

Dan Deacon

Dan Deacon

Dan Deacon

Dan Deacon

Dan Deacon

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el zilcholas

ha. Dan is 110% more man than I'll ever be. Time to start making my own 8-bit-tunes and test this homeless-man-appeal theory out.

AWESOME show.. Banana-shuffles, tunnel building, & lyric sheets. He even got us chanting 'Ethan Hawke' for no apparent reason. Can't wait to see what he does in his laneway show.

1 decade ago

gemdilem

ohh man... I hope he does the tunnel building congo line at laneway. I love tunnels.

1 decade ago

Jonny Yes Yes

yeh it was blissful .. and I have completely come around on the 'Wham City' song - works so very well live and now that I know the lyrics i don't think it sucks..
bear that had a 'sick band' ... great stufffff

1 decade ago

gemdilem

I had to google to find out what you were talking about... and came across LyricWiki... did you know that existed? Dan Deacon - Wham City

1 decade ago

Aaaaaaaaaron

Looks like I made a school boy error passing up on going to this.. Great photos, especially the one of that super excited guy. haha can't stop laughing at it.

1 decade ago

Sean

that really is an amazing photo.

1 decade ago

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