Fun Fun Fun: Chromatics

“Kill for Love.” Love it or hate it, it was influential, marking one of the first successful blends of hard synth leads typically reserved for EDM and trap, mesmeric, angelic vocals and a live band with “real” instruments. Sort of like Little Dragon takes lessons from The Cranberries.

While I briefly got into “Kill for Love” after its release, I was no diehard fan. I appreciated it for what it was: a superb album from a band in the ecstatic throes of its moment. I went to see Chromatics to kill some time on Saturday, not expecting too much at all, just a nice set from a nice band. Chromatics absolutely blew my mind.

While it took a couple of songs for the band to really get into its element and start working together, once they did, it was as if a solid wall made out of the teeming underbelly of ’80s New Wave merged with the Koss-thumping homecooked leads of a strung-out EDM producer during the infancy of European dubstep and bathed itself in the warm, safe pop vocals of Madonna and Cher.

“Kill for Love,” “Lady” and “Cherry” sounded really good. Ruth Radelet’s voice is something out of a dream, and she captivated the crowd for the full 45 minutes of their set. The musicians in the band were impeccable as well, supporting her vocals with tight, calculated hits and driving beats. Radelet might not be the best guitarist, but her hooks are really, really nice. The crowd was dancing the whole time and cheered enthusiastically after each song.

Overall, the Chromatics show on Saturday turned me into a fan. This is a band with a sound that is equal parts safe and edgy, and doing well enough with it to stand out as a highlight at Fun Fun Fun Fest 8.