Set in the dirty underground hub of Cargo, Shoreditch, the Italo-Disco group Glass Candy were to smash the stage with their lead vocalist, Ida No. Emerging from New York with their label Italians Do It Better, Glass Candy comprise of Ida No and producer Johnny Jewel (formerly known as John David V) on guitar and synths. They emerged in 1996 and have incorporated many different sounds enveloping alternative genres such as post-punk, no-wave and Italo-disco. Since the early noughties Glass Candy have released albums such as ‘B/E/A/T/B/O/X’ and more recently in 2008, ‘Deep Gems’.
Their mish-mash of 70s and 80s sound resonates such artists as David Bowie and Kraftwerk, with a rock and punk theme running throughout. Their hypnotic sound and No’s accent clad vocal sustains their unique and recognisable sound. No’s lyrics are somewhat abstract and lingering, melting through the harder electronic synthesising elements. Their detailed individual digital sounds are identifiable amongst the other ingredients of their tracks despite the intricacy of the composition.
Introduced by their fellow support band Desire, Glass Candy colourfully enlightened the stage with disco presence of the 70s and built up a bassist, continuous sound as No prepared to serenade the crowd. Her almost meditative state as she sat, legs straight and head to her knees, captured the attention of eager fans as Jewel built up to a crescendo. No transformed into a vocal goddess, with her haunting voice echoing through the sound of Jewel powering through the melodies.
They began with ‘Digital Versicolour’, with No talking through the track with her American twang. Other song highlights displayed their talent at replicating the perfection of timing and tuning heard in their recorded work. ‘Beatific’ helped the crowd merge as one of Glass Candy’s better known tracks and somewhat described the atmosphere in the venue. A re-cover of Isaac Hayes with a Glass Candy twist brought ‘Getto Boys’ and a hip-bopping audience in sway sequence with Ida No’s disco-esque dancing escapades on stage. Glass Candy adopted ‘Computer Love’, formerly a Kraftwerk cover, and applied their signature sounds, raising the crowd’s delight further causing an all round ‘eargasm’ and rebounding cheers to the stage.
The band, along with their supporters, Desire, and label front man Mike ‘Troubleman’ Simonetti (as he is more casually known), promoted their EP’s and t-shirt merchandise personally, happily talking to any fans without pretentiousness. Their casual approach is very humbling and at Cargo this November, they supported Amnesty International and promoted the organisation during their gig as Ida No mentioned the cause in her short speech to conclude their performance.