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By Ogden Wallace
Although the Austin crowd was smaller, the energy of the fans seemed to carry from city to city as the Internet made their final stop on the Texas run of their current tour at Stubb's Bar-B-Q March 30. As the lights dimmed the five-piece California-based soul band, who spawned from the Odd Future collective, briskly walked onstage.
Keyboardist Tay Walker took his place first. As he set his hands on his keys, Christopher Allan Smith took a seat at his drum kit, which placed him directly in front of the Austin audience. Bassist Patrick Paige II found his position next, while producer and co-founder of the Internet Matt Martian adjusted the arrangement of his keyboard and mini congas until both were just right. Then, on a unified head nod, the show began. Sixteen bars into the instrumental jam session, lead vocalist and co-founder Syd The Kyd emerged from the stage's steps to a welcoming applause.
Once the appreciation died down to a reasonable volume, and the proper introductions were made, Syd The Kyd promptly took off her shoes. (Performing in her socks must have not only allowed for comfort, but also aided in extra mobility when she decided to glide across the stage.)
From the moment the group began with "They Say" — a cut from their 2011 debut album Purple Naked Ladies — audience members' eyes did not deviate from the stage. The lush keys, poignant bass and graceful vocals resonated with each person in the crowd. One would never know that Syd The Kyd had not taken a vocal lesson before. Her confidence was unshaken as she connected with the crowd through questions and humor. "I woke up feeling sick today, so luckily you're getting a show when I sound half-decent," she stated after taking a long sip from her water bottle. (Syd The Kyd would later admit that she takes refuge in honey and lemon cough drops, but finds it difficult to take care of her voice while on the road.)
As the show continued, the band never broke their expressive stride; even the spontaneous key strokes and kick drums found their place between songs. Syd The Kyd continued to check on the crowd, particularly the spectators who were comfortably watching from the mezzanine. A four count led by Smith signified a well-timed cover of Justin Timberlake's "Señorita," and aroused those who were unfamiliar with the Internet's recitals of songs from their latest release, 2013's Feel Good.
The group's most popular track, "Dontcha," hinted that the captivating performance was coming to an end. With a humble thank you to fans, the band went into their farewell tune, "The Garden." With her last melody sung, Syd The Kyd put her shoes back on, grabbed her water, bowed, and graciously walked offstage. The instrumentalists ended the show like it began, with a 16-bar jam. Although the band performed for more than an hour, the crowd anticipated an encore performance. Instead, the Internet left their Austin audience as is: feeling good.
"Too Young To Die" (Jamiroquai cover)
"Love Song – 1"
"Partners In Crime Part Two"
"Cloud Of Our Own"
"Web Of Me"
"Señorita" (Justin Timberlake cover)
"Live It Up"
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(Ogden Wallace is the GRAMMY U Representative for The Recording Academy Texas Chapter.)