One More Time: A Tribute to Daft Punk at Stereo Live, 5/11/13
It's safe to say that Daft Punk fever is at an all time high. Fifteen-second clips of new music were enough to nearly break the internet and no major gathering of musicians can happen without rumors of a Daft Punk appearance spreading.
Enter One More Time to try and help the masses with their Daft Punk mania. The more cynical among you may see it as an opportunistic money-grab, but this isn't the case at all. They've been doing the Daft Punk tribute thing for years, even winning the award for "Best Electronica Tribute Act" (under their old name Daft Punk'd) from our friends at the Phoenix New Times back in 2011.
That said, like many of you, we here at Rocks Off had questions about whether or not an electronica tribute act could work. What, we wondered, would the show be like?
To be honest, it's a lot like seeing any other tribute act.
One More Time do a lot of things exceptionally well, the biggest thing being that they dress and look the part. If you go to see a Daft Punk tribute, you want to see two people dressed up like robots playing dance music, and dance-music-playing robots is what the crowd got. The regular versions of the outfits they wear for the bulk of the show are nice, but the Tron-inspired versions that they wear for the encore are damn near jaw-dropping.
In addition to the outfits, the duo plays inside a replica of the Alive 2007 pyramid. It's not quite as fancy as the original, but it gets the job done and is visually interesting. If you're going to do a Daft Punk tribute, you have to play inside a pyramid -- them's the rules.
As for the music, it was what you might expect from an Alive 2007-styled performance; among other things, the show started off with "Robot Rock" and contained a version of the "Around The World"/"Harder Better Faster Stronger" mashup. Along the way, the group played some of their own takes on the tracks, and ended the night with "One More Time" which brought down the house.
That said, trying to fit the show into a binary question like "Was it good?" just seems silly. "Was it satisfying?" seems much more appropriate, and if all you were looking for was to hear some Daft Punk tracks on a really loud sound system and have some interesting visuals to look at, then you probably went home more than happy.
That's not to say there wasn't anything to learn from the One More Time experience: