Dark, inner city bars don't immediately come to mind when picturing a venue for science fiction themed electronica; But, 3 of 5 has crossover capability. The set up is simple-- one guy in a Star Trek costume singing over songs playing from a Nintendo 3DS. 3 of 5's songs are whimsical and danceable. All the songs have an affable, peace loving tone. Especially the “Anti-Bullying Song”. The lyrics have a moody, self defeating tone but they are charmingly set against the sugary, poppy beats.
According to 3 of 5's Andrew Garces, “I usually play in dark bars with lots of drunks all around....It's always been a low-key project. The goal is to have fun and create things I love.”
Garces is a bookee for The Blue Agave in Belleville, IL and a member/founder of local bands such as The Vanilla Beans and Daves the Say. Garces started working on material for 3 of 5 about a year ago after experimenting with Rhythm Core Alpha, a sequencing program used with the 3DS.
“I got the 3DS for my birthday. My computer had died so I began searching for alternate sequencing programs. 'Rhythm' is the best one that I found,” says Garces. “ The sounds are lo-fi and beautifully so. I love the 3DS because I can sequence from anywhere!”
The songs are entirely recorded and performed from the 3DS and feature samples and sounds from various vintage video games. All the songs are science fiction and fantasy themed. The title is in reference to the Borg from Star Trek the Next Generation, and Garces usually dons a commanding officers' costume while performing. “I love Star Trek. It's a huge part of the project,” says Garces.
All of 3 of 5's songs can be found on Bandcamp and will be performing at SWIC on March 4th.