Get Physical North American Tour
Woody’s Bar - Philadelphia, PA
Reviewed by Carl Noone, Jr.
Photos courtesy firstname.lastname@example.org
The pioneering Berlin-based record label Get Physical (loosely based on the Olivia Newton-John Disco single) brought its heaviest hitters stateside this Spring, including one stop this past Tuesday night at Woody’s in Philadelphia. With Barcelona-based production duo Audiofly, and Canadian-born cutie Heidi in tow, Patrick Bodmer and Philipp Jung (aka M.A.N.D.Y.) stormed into “The City of Brotherly Love” to treat everyone to a little bit of that next generation sound that seems to have reached an apex with this rock n roll style bus tour. Pulling out all the stops, the Get Physical crew even included added visuals and décor usually reserved for larger European venues, making this intimate space come alive with color and feeling. Known as “Philadelphia’s Gay Mecca”, Woody’s proved to be a highly relaxed yet intimate space with an amazing sound system, a friendly, colorful mix of patrons, and upbeat staff that poured the best & strongest vodka and tonics anywhere on the planet. (Ouch, my head)
Kicking things off a little later than the advertised time of 9:30, Luca Saporito and Anthony Middleton (aka Audiofly) hit the decks, chugging and churning their way around the small space, creating a journey by DJ in the truest sense of the words, and opening an almost divine pathway for Heidi and her curls. Luca was later joined outside the club for a brief interview with a man he referred to as “Jesus”, who dropped in from heaven to catch the tour and stated he is a big fan of the Get Physical label. (peep the video at YouTube or Beatportal, funny stuff) By the time Heidi took the reigns, my head was spinning as fast as the green polyester shorts and headband-wearing smoothie in front of me. Dropping some incredibly sick-ass bass lines that dived and swished from side to side, she had the entire room rocking hard. Like Allison Goldfrapp on acid, Heidi expertly juggled between CDJ, laptop, and vinyl, her blonde locks and flowered miniskirt jumping with every beat of the music.
With their T-shirts on and one sleeve rolled up in typical M.A.N.D.Y. fashion (“T-shirts just look better this way”, explained Patrick), the boys took command of the DJ booth, bulbs flashing and visuals twisting away. What happened next may go down in the annals of clubbing history as a near-miracle, witnessed by a select group of individuals, known for their love of everything European. With a trend started at DC10 in Ibiza, Woody’s became the first club where I witnessed everyone on the dancefloor sit down as a way to pay respect to the DJs. In one brief, spontaneous moment during a breakdown, the entire crowd sat, crouched, and kneeled on the floor, waiting for the beat to come back, and with a huge crescendo, leaped back to their feet, cheering in unison with arms waving proudly. It was a sight to behold as the passe’ term P.L.U.R. came screaming back, with the absolute love of the music and the scene taking hold of everyone for just an instant.
Before I left, I couldn’t help but pull Philipp aside to ask what exactly M.A.N.D.Y. (the acronym) stood for, and in that typical German minimalist tone, he told me, “It simply means “Me and You”, together… and I LOVE Philadelphia!”
And Philadelphia loves M.A.N.D.Y.
- Carl Noone, Jr.