Dinosaurs! ON A SPACESHIP.
Happy Friday everyone!
Dinosaurs! ON A SPACESHIP.
Happy Friday everyone!
Fader Vixen is another male-female duo from Atlanta. Here’s their Dragon*Con profile. His name is Jeremy Frank and her name is Toniet Gallego (great name).
So from what I can tell they’re sort of electronica shoe-gazey. She sings, he plays some ambient synthy music, it is very moody but not particularly dancey. Their website basically seconds my thoughts: “Since forming in 2009, Fader Vixen has truly developed a signature sound that features Toniet’s moving vocals on top of moody drum beats, piano, and layered synths.”
Here are a few songs:
Honestly, this is a bit too slow and ambient for me. This is more, say, lounge music–I’d drink cocktails to this, but I wouldn’t party to it, so I don’t think I’ll seek them out at Dragon*Con.
-Male and female Atlanta-based band.
No thumbs. They don’t make much of an impression for me.
Die Sektor is a goth/industrial/electronica band that is based in Atlanta which, yay for D*Con for supporting the local musicians. They don’t really have a website, but here’s their Facebook page. They describe themselves as wanting to make powerful, emotional, and innovative electronica music.
So, I’m not finding out a lot about them. But I’m listening to their song “Mother Hunger” now and it is definitely gothy electronica-ish, I think? Like, I could see myself dancing to it a bit at Dragon*Con. But I’m not sure I’d stay for a whole hour of music like this? Here’s “Mother Hunger”:
I’m not sure I love the weird hissy Hexxus voice, let us see if those vocals are in their other songs!
So “In the Arms of Eternity” has the Hexxus voice some, but not as much–I actually like this song a bit better.
This is “Prey the Razor.”
So…a lot of electronica music sort of sounds the same to me? Is that bad to say? I mean I like it in theory and it is danceable but I don’t think I’d be able to differentiate Die Sektor from other electronica bands. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, mind you, especially when it is 2:00am and you are drunkish and just sort of want to dance for a bit. Someone who knows more about electronica than I do, tell me what I am missing.
Oh, my friend Duane, who knows more about electronica than I do, says this: “It’s like kmfdm and lords of acid did a song for the Spawn soundtrack but the mic was fucked up.” Thanks for that, Duane.
Anyways, talking points:
We’ll give them no thumbs up, which stands for “which band is this again?” Not because they are bad, just because all the electronica stuff kind of blends together for me.
Before my next profile, I just want to point out that my 41 Days to Dragon*Con in 2010 was all about the trailer for the last two Harry Potter movies, and those movies have happened at this point, and the movies were pretty fantastic don’t you think? My, how time flies.
Also, I’m only going to be doing musical performers–Crossed Swords is a stage combat group, hopefully that’s pretty self-explanatory!
Anyway, you probably know the next band I’m profiling, so I’ll keep this brief. The Crüxshadows have been at Dragon*Con for as long as I’ve been going (and longer, of course), and they’re one of the first bands I saw during my first Dragon*Con in 2009. They do gothy, dancey music and they have a cross-like symbol and their motto is “Live, Love, Be, Believe.” Their lead singer/organizer is a man named Rogue, who has weird hair:
The band has a lot of electronic classical instruments, in particular violins, and a posse of backup dancers in skimpy clothes, who are called the Crüxshadows fairies. The band is based in Florida–they were founded in Tallahassee (which is a terrible city) and they’re now located in Jacksonville (which is a slightly less terrible city). I’m from Florida and my mother is from Jacksonville (my grandmother still lives there), so I can say these things. You probably know the Crüxshadows from their booth in the music exhibition area of the Marriott–they’re always playing the same three or four songs over and over at top volume. They are also one of the few (maybe the only) band that has a group march in the parade.
Confession: I love the Crüxshadows. I try to see them every Con if I can. I like their music, I listen to it regularly–particularly at the gym, it is good for cardio. I like their live show. I like that everything is sort of choreographed and that Rogue has lights on his hands and also that he likes to go out and do a few songs in the center of the audience.
So, here are a few songs from the Crüxshadows, if you aren’t already familiar with them. I hope you like them, I know I do.
See, I totally like this stuff.
-Maybe the most popular band at Dragon*Con? At least they have the loudest booth. Also a parade group!
-Lead singer with weird hair, skimpily-dressed backup dancers.
-Pretty fantastic live show.
Two thumbs up, duh.
Okay y’all, a few more dragons and then I’ll get off this dragon kick–it is Dragon*Con, after all, so I am allowed to post about dragons as much as I want!