Sunday, September 27, 2009

datarock info-rocks holocene oct 2

Who wears dark, wrap around sunglasses in a dim nightclub? Datarock does. Who dons red track suits and concocts a track featuring only Talking Heads' song titles as lyrics? Datarock does.

Who brings their Revenge of the Nerds vs. Transformers-inspired rock to Holocene on Friday, October 2nd? Datarock does.

The bouncing Norwegian electro-rock duo is cultural scavengers borrowing from the past 30 years of our information society influenced by Devo, the Happy Mondays and Talking Heads. "But for some reason," as singer/guitarist Fredrik Saroea says, "we're constantly going back to the years between 1977 and 1982."

Datarock has taken those 30 years and smashed them into two 40-minute releases chock-full of catchy guitar hooks, electronic beats, and synthesized rhythms... with an ode to Molly Ringwald. "We are more like cultural researchers, with a shared fascination for events and phenomena that have changed popular culture and music," states Datarock on their MySpace. Now they're taking their musical experiment on the road touring in support of Red released in June.

Known for high-energy live shows, the pair has combined forces onstage with black metal bands and acrobats, a traditional men's choir and a high school marching band. At Holocene we can at least expect a legendary multimedia, disco rave backing our boys.

So whether you're into The Sims or a gregarious dancefest with some geek-rock stars, Datarock does it right.

Friday, October 2, 2009
Holocene : 1001 SE Morrison, Portland, Oregon 97214
Doors at 8 PM, show at 9 PM
Cost : $12 advance or at Jackpot Records, $14 day of show
21 and over

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