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This past Saturday (August 22, 2009), Burt's Tiki Lounge played host to a night of sweaty, synthy, electro bands. The event was a huge success, with high overall attendance and the bulk of the audience even arriving before 9:30. That's impressive for a bar show. In case you missed it and like to live vicariously, here's the rundown:
The evening kicked off with The Lemon Wedges. This five-piece weirdo synth-pop band is heavy on the gimmicks, but there's enough of them to actually make it work; a yellow/black clothing color scheme, Kanye West-style lensless sunnies, and a bike-pump solo all worked to make it a cute, fun time. Their tunes aren't half bad either, not that you can tell from their inconsistent, but overall terrible myspace recordings. Skip the page and just see them live.
After The Lemon Wedges, and spinning between all the bands, was Zenova. This guy just might be Albuquerque's best DJ, and his style is best described as indie-rocktronica. The shorter sets (he's been known to spin over four hour sets at parties) meant he wasn't able to structure his mix as dramatically as he usually does, but the transitions and selections were beautiful and ears perked up all around the bar. Many were even drawn closer to watch his moves firsthand, which proved entertaining to watch,
Unfortunately the same cannot be said for Drastic!!. This act consists of a lone ranger operating a computer. That's it. No live vocals. No dancers. No projections. The music itself is a heavy-on-the-samples sort of psychedelic electronica and it's alright, but the visual aspect is the equivalent of watching one of the guys in the NASA mission control room who is relaxed and comfortable months before a launch date, just listening to some music on his Sony Walkman while he works. In this reporter's opinion, Drastic!! should just play between other bands like a DJ, instead of setting up on stage like a band.
But the show was only half over: