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French Horn Rebellion Electrifies Echoplex

Laura Varney |
October 18, 2010 | 3:06 p.m. PDT



Brooklyn-based Robert and David Perlick-Molinari put on an electrifying show at Echoplex (photo by Laura Varney)
Brooklyn-based Robert and David Perlick-Molinari put on an electrifying show at Echoplex (photo by Laura Varney)
Robert and David Perlick-Molinari of French Horn Rebellion gave the crowd a double-feature Friday night complete with robust beats similar to those of Sleigh Bells and an act that left glow-stick-wearing girls electrified with excitement as the musicians ran and danced through the audience.

FHR opened with “What I Want” , a power-pop ballad successfully transforming the crowd from moving with the beat to replicating each pulse.

The brothers, who are originally from Milwaukee but Brooklyn-based, performed at the Echoplex alongside Jamaica and Nightwaves. The crowd was small when the two presented themselves, but seemed to multiply as FHR got deeper into their set list.

"This Moment” , a crowd favorite with a synth-pop feel that sounds like a perkier version of a Crystal Castles anthem, had lead singer Robert Perlick-Molinari on the edge of the stage pumping his fist as the vibrant audience writhed and sang along. 

In the middle of the show, David, the lead beat programmer and keyboardist, picked up his keyboard and brought it crashing down over his brother’ s head. The fight was obviously staged, but entertaining to say the least. The argument ended with David joining forces with the audience as his brother simultaneously kept the act progressing on stage.

The brothers reunited after Robert Perlick-Molinari playfully proclaimed, “I need you bad!” to his other half who had blended in with the throng of FHR enthusiasts. 

The show didn’ t slow down after this episode, instead the energy seemed to peak with every song.

The band climaxed with “Up All Night” as the duo joined hips at the same table while Robert Perlick-Molinari played a raw keyboard solo and David Perlick-Molinari controlled the beats, backing up the tune with vocals.

The last buoyant tune left the crowd wanting more and a cluster of fans screamed for an encore of “Beaches and Friends” .

“We got cut off!” yelled Robert Perlick-Molinari. 

FHR fans can try and catch the song when the band plays Monday night at Bardot in Hollywood.

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