Published: February 1, 2013
By: Jordan Calvano
On January 25th, the Texas based trance duo known as Tritonal (Chad Cisneros & Dave Reed) flew into Portland to play an intimate set at The Whiskey Bar. The two musicians continue to leave crowds across the world agape with their inconceivable knack for unleashing spellbinding tunes not only in the trance department, but across a broad spectrum of genres.
First up on The Whiskey Bar’s illustrious stage was Chicago native Topher Jones. The rising star riled the crowd up with his hypnotizing style of house, dropping tantalizing gems from his own collection like “Hello Chicago” and the party-rockin’ anthem “Brohammer.” Following this were thunderous remixes of “Some Nights” by Fun., Tritonal & Kaeno’s “Azuca,” and an unreleased switch-up of Steve Aoki. Jones not only satisfied the crowd’s insatiable urge for gritty bass lines, but also their desire for delicious pastries by tossing out two dozen Voodoo Doughnuts to end his set.
At around 12:15, it was time for Tritonal to turn Portlandia upside down with their unforgettably passionate soundscapes. The duo gently opened with “Crash Into Reason,” before shocking the crowded dance-floor with Porter Robinson & Mat Zo’s heartwarming tune “Easy.” Next up were ubiquitous songs of their own like “Can’t Keep It in” (Club Mix), “Lifted” (Mat Zo Remix), “Wake Your Mind,” and “Blurple,” along with breathtaking Tritonal mashups including “Break My Slave.” Not to mention floor-rattling tunes and mashups from Scorpio, Tom Fall, Nicky Romero & Nervo, Sander van Doorn & Julian Jordan, Sebastian Ingrosso & Tommy Trash, Above & Beyond, Kill The Noise & Brillz, Swedish House Mafia, W&W, Alesso, Gareth Emery, Estiva, Faruk Sabanci, Armin van Burren, and Thomas Gold.
The entranced crowd loved every second of it, dancing in unison while holding signs stating “PDX is LA LA LA Lifted, “Tritonians Unite,” and “Slaves For Chad & Dave.” The boys wrapped things up with a visceral encore of “Still With Me” (Seven Lions Remix), leaving the entire audience electrified from start to finish.
Tritonal made the jam packed Whiskey Bar feel “Like Home,” captivating the hearts and minds of every last attendee for two life-changing hours. Stay tuned for the unveiling of their new radio show Tritonia, coming soon to a satellite radio near you.