"Dance music" doesn't often successfully make the transition from dance club to concert stage. Friday night at the Wax Museum, the Thompson Twins reproduced precisely the dense sheen of their post-punk dance records, but with an audience confined to their seats or a crowded dance floor, the sound quickly became static.
The Thompson Twins are identical to any number of their young European electropop brethren, The Human League, Depeche Mode, et al., with the standard dispassionate, detached vocals processed, filtered and otherwise altered by synthesizers and echo devices.
Each song initially evoked a different, exotic mood, with perky, elemental dance beats, thickly colored with layer upon layer of simple melodic patterns done in rich electronic textures. But repetition is the heart of a dance hit, and the novelty wore thin after each gimmick and pose was repeated ad infinitum.
The three lead singers had interesting hair styles, made effective use of silhouette tableaux on white screens, and leaped about on stage, but their abandon seemed forced, and the audience was rather listless except during the dance hits "In the Name of Love" and "Lies."
Process, a talented local outfit, expended a lot of energy on a set of rather dated material and macho rock-star posturings.