When I first discovered Tritonal I was immediately thankful. I heard their singles floating around artist’s sets, such as the Seven Lions remix of “Still With Me”. Though I have not been able to get the uplifting Tritonal original “Now or Never” out of my head. It hit the heartstrings as hard as the music charts. For the trance fans out there, if you have not listened to an episode of Tritonia, you are seriously missing out!
Armin van Buuren said in his ASOT episode 640, “slowly but surely conquering the world,” Tritonal definitely conquered Royale on the Friday before Christmas. I believe my fellow reviewers have agreed, but I am usually pretty hesitant to see a specific artist on a club night at Royale. Since Thursdays and Fridays are normally club nights, artists tend to cater to the “club crowd.” But when a circle of smiling observers and a few poi spinners immediately greeted me, I had a feeling like it was going to be a good night. Royale resident DJ NRG played crowd favorites as the venue began to fill. On the main dance floor, a tall lanky gentleman grabbed the attention of those around him, beaming, he yelled “The love is right here!” adding to the positive vibe for those who showed up a bit too early. I took a walk around and found a shorter version of Vin Diesel running a dance circle with his girl. DJ NRG dropped “Strangers” – Seven Lions with Myon & Shane 54 and anyone holding back, just bobbing their head as on lookers, went crazy with their best moves. DJ NRG’s opening set continued on and only got the crowd more pumped. Yet, you could feel everyone shaking with anticipation to hear the Texas duo throw down.
The main stage’s lights were raised, along with ecstatic cheers. Chad and Dave did not disappoint. Their set consisted of original tracks with other great artist sprinkled in. About mid way through, they hit a gold mine with “Now or Never”, “Electric Glow” and their newly premiered original, “Colors” back to back. I felt playing “Colors” was pretty fitting, since earlier that day Pete Tong drop it on BBC Radio 1, pushing the two to new UK heights. Relatively catered to the club crowd, they played big room house throughout, but from what I saw, it did not damper the night for the true fans. One of the highlights of my night was meeting a wonderful man in a giant white fur coat. Here from Miami and living in Connecticut for a few weeks, he drove all the way up to Boston to see the show, and I can assure you he and his wife were having a fantastic night.
My favorite view in the Royale is the balcony. Looking down at the crowd, I felt like I was in a main tent at a festival. There were girls on shoulders, hug circles everywhere and hands raised. It was a really amazing thing to see in the dead of winter. I believe Tritonal knew it too, because soon after they announced their smashup, “Tremble Home” -Nicky Romero vs Vicetone, specifically made and premiered at Electric Zoo this year. The response from the crowd is something I know very well, nostalgia, and for a moment we were all transported. They finished the set with “Atmosphere” – Kaskade, and though I do not think you can go wrong with Kaskade, I do enjoy closing a set with original productions more. Then again, maybe that is being picky.
I was talking with a new friend on the way out, who expressed his slight disappointment that Tritonal did not stick with their trance roots. I agreed, and explained my original hesitation about club nights, but overall I think their set was magic in its’ own way. From what I witnessed, Tritonal is extremely talented at feeling a crowd and magnifying the energy. And definitely cured my club night fear.