JUNIOR BOYS with MAX TUNDRA at the Pike Room

WEDNESDAY APRIL 1, 2009
doors at 8PM
tickets: $12 (buy tickets)

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Before there was Clap Your Tapes And Say Art Brut, there was JUNIOR BOYS: the proto-blog success story. Starting with a pair of mysterious twelves of smart, crisp electro-hooks, the releases were shrouded in abstract imagery and classic graphic design which hearkened back to the heydays of Factory, Mute and Some Bizzare. The music that poured forth was inspired by the past, present and future all. Last Exit, the album that followed, answered the promise, distilling the last twenty five years of electronic pop music into one potent potable. What followed was worldwide acclaim and live performances, including a marathon tour of North America with Caribou and The Russian Futurists that prevailed over heat stroke, jellyfish stings, speeding tickets, abandoned vehicles, vigilant customs agents and close encounters with quicksand & fuel pumps to deliver a series of uplifting shows that made the travellers forget their woes. Today, Junior Boys aren't so much a myth as a revelation. Their music exhibits a confident mix of focus, clarity and ambition. From the upbeat double A-side single "In The Morning"/"The Equalizer" (the former being a collaboration with tour mate, Andi Toma from Mouse On Mars), to the somber triptych that closes their last album which touches such kindred spirits as Sylvian, Ferry and, yes Sinatra (as with their cover of the ol' blue-eyes classic, "When No One Cares), Junior Boys manage to tease soul and longing out of their machines in a way that few have dared try.

With MAX TUNDRA: For the last few years (as well as remixing bands such as Franz Ferdinand, Pet Shop Boys, The Futureheads, Tunng and Von Südenfed), Max Tundra has been working on his third album for Domino. This record has been completed, is called “Parallax Error Beheads You”, and is scheduled for an October 2008 release. Six years have passed since the release of his previous LP. During this time many bands have formed, recorded albums, and split up. In a time when groups are encouraged to bang out new records two or three times a year, it is almost quaint to encounter a project which took the best part of a decade to record. Despite the attention to detail in the densely layered programming, these new songs are Max’s catchiest, brightest and most memorable yet, and make much of his earlier work sound home-made and clunky. Now that it’s finished he can leave the house once more.

Max Tundra's warm, emotive, uplifting songs will capture your spirit, pour it over ice, and serve it back to you at the best disco in town (where you won't get turned away for liking both Destiny's Child and Frank Zappa). Incidentally, there's no dress code either.

 

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