English/Irish electronic and industrial music band VNV Nation from Germany performed for their American following with a rounded set list.
VNV Nation (Victory Not Vengeance) had two shows at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City, May 9 and 10. VNV brought a sold out audience to the ballroom, and engaged fans with a new set. The band also announced plans to set tour dates in the U.S. at the end of the year on their Facebook page.
Whiteqube from Los Angeles was the opening act. Forming in 2011, by Jason Schary and T. Ryan Arnold, they draw their influences from bands like NIN, Prodigy, and Kraftwerk. Whiteqube was finishing up their first U.S. tour and were heading back in the studio to work on new music. Dressed in LED video jackets and the stage show featured strobe light effects enhanced their performance. Though the house was packed audience members still found a way to dance and connect with the music.
The gold standard of future pop music, VNV Nation set the tone that evening by opening with Retaliate from their latest opus Transnational (2013), also adding to the material with their previous albums Automatic (2011), Judgment (2007), and Praise the Fallen (1998). VNV Nation has developed the foundation for this style of industrial music, with its roots traced back to Kraut Rock music from the 1960â€™s, it has been integral in its evolution over the years. The newer material holds up just as well as their known songs from Empires (1999) and Futureperfect (2002).
The two-hour set never had a dull moment thanks to the passionate Ronan Harris and Mark Jackson, who always create an almost religious atmosphere with songs like Illusion and Perpetual. They demand the audience to recite and chant a message to embrace, “let there be, let there always be, never-ending light.” It was nice to see a wide variety of fans at the show from goth, industrial, and metal it felt as though everyone was united at the venue.
VNV Nation are more than just a band theyâ€™re an experience, they combine elements and influences from industrial, electronic body music, rock, and orchestral music. Importantly, the message delivered to their audience through their music is uplifting.
Their setlist included:
Space and Time
Two encore sets included: