PLAYGROUND PICK // STRANGER THINGS COMPOSERS KYLE DIXON & MICHAEL STEIN LEAD QUARTET SURVIVE PERFORMING ON NOVEMBER 5 EL CLUB
Detroit is no stranger to electronic music. This weekend on Saturday November 5th, El Club hosts experimental synth quartet S U R V I V E. Fresh off the release of their “RR7349”album, Kyle Dixon, Michael Stein, Adam Jones and Mark Donica continue to put an inventive twist on a throwback sound. Earlier this year band members Dixon and Stein experienced a surge of notoriety from scoring this year’s lovable and retro Netflix series, Stranger Things. If you’ve seen the show you’ve heard the witchy, ambient and haunting soundtrack, and nothing less is to be expected with S U R V I V E’S live performance.
S U R V I V E is sure to cast vintage vibes all over El Club as their live performance consists of analog synthesizers used to produce their experimental yet familiar sound. A group of composers and and audio/playback techies, S U R VI V E continues to tinker with their distinguishing music, journeying ears to peculiar and ambient bounds in their signature witchy style. Finding inspiration in 70’s synth recordings and classic horror films, S U R V I V E came together in 2009 and has found their niche in today’s music industry boasting two full length albums and several smaller scale projects to date.
The Austin, Texas ensemble released their latest album earlier this fall via Relapse Records, a Pennsylvania based label with a multitude of artists from all over the globe. Simply titled after the catalogue number, RR7349 is a 9-track audio adventure. Tracks like “ A.H.B.” and “Wardenclyffe” make you want to dance, while songs like “Cutthroat” “Copter” and “High Rise” flaunt epic composition skill. “Other” and “Sorcerer” take the listener on an auditory saga and when you close your eyes to listen you do feel as if you’re on a quest, exploring an anomalous region of electronic music.
Currently on their MMXVI tour, S U R V I V E will be joined by additional artists at their El Club performance. Majeure of Pittsburgh, PA brings a unique electronic sound to the stage with danceable, melodic, intricate and percussive sounding tracks. A dual personality of artist Anthony Paterra, Maejure flexes his composer’s ear, developing complex creations by using a mix of live and electronic sounds. With a huge spread of releases, Majeure continues to tinker with concepts of time, space, science and recording, bringing a supernatural air to his sound and persona. A product of the steel city, Majeure brings an industrial and atmospheric sound to the tour.
“Detroit’s Coldest Social Club,” Something Cold will also provide a live mix from label artists. Self-described as, “rare minimal-synth, industrial, coldwave, post-punk”, a danceable live mix will continue through the night on one of the city’s best sound systems as Something Cold adds a bit of Detroit flavor into the visiting lineup. El Club’s electronic experience will bring distinctive and emerging and sounds to El Club. Doors are at 5:00PM and the music kicks off at 9:00PM so come get drinks, get pizza and get weird! Admission is 12 dollars presale and 14 at the door so grab a ticket while they last.
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// Words by Hailey Dukes. New kid on the block + sponge for all things Detroit. Student to this earth and the people, places, and things on it. Walking an unceasing journey to observe, feel, analyze, understand. Inspire me! Follow Hailey on IG @wolf___hailey // Twitter @heyygirllhai.