An electronic artist appearing within the context of a four piece band can be a dangerous move. However, the strength of Apparat's material is undeniable and the night's audience responded with delight to almost every song, whether it came from this year's Devil's Walk or not. However, given that a great deal of Ring's more recent work has come in the form of collaborations or as a DJ, there were times during the performance that suggested he isn't yet comfortable being the front man of a live show. Handling his guitar in a slightly awkward fashion, Ring spoke to the crowd in between tracks before quickly apologising for rambling slightly and stressing that he "doesn't normally talk so much, but now can't shut up."
This slight lack of confidence suits the tender, melancholy vocals that act as the lynchpins to each track. Perhaps, given time, Ring will appreciate what his audience already appears to have grasped—that he is more than capable of crafting intelligent, well-formed music without the help of others.