2007 Media Release - Sydney Underground
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Issued Monday, 27 August 2007
PRESENTED BY SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE IN ASSOCIATION WITH FBI 94.5FM
SYDNEY UNDERGROUND - AN FBI MUSIC NIGHT
PIVOT, TEENAGERSINTOKYO, E.L.F & UNKLE HO
The Studio will rip out its seating banks and once again transform itself into the coolest nightclub on the harbour, this time for a celebration of indie Sydney. Together with FBi 94.5FM, the Opera House venue continues to champion the musicians and artists that are the lifeblood of our live entertainment scene.
Four of the city’s best acts will unite for Sydney Underground, a one-night only performance festival of beats, riffs, loops and scratches. Handpicked by FBi’s musical director Dan Zilber, the October 13 line up features the hottest local up-and-coming bands, deejays, veejays and performance artists.
Energetic post-rockers Pivot will headline the three-hour club night with support from female funksters teenagersintokyo, the indie-laptronic E.L.F and sample superstar Unkle Ho. With two stages, installations by video artists Carli Leimbach and Mark Taylor, and performances by Pork Collective, Sydney Underground promises to be a spirited carnival of pumped-up creativity.
A new look Pivot has the Pike brothers going it alone for their live shows. With a leaner line-up (Richard on guitar and drummer Laurence) they have found a new intensity both on and off the stage. Pivot's shows are fierce, direct and focussed, taking a much rawer approach to the glitch-punk, prog-wave music the band was renowned for.
teenagersintokyo aren’t teenagers nor are they from Tokyo. Most of these 20-something post-punk-electro rockers met on their first day of high school and quickly formed a cover band. Eight years later the girls picked up real instruments and found Rudy to play drums. With a sound influenced by ‘kaleidoscope’-era Siouxsie and the Banshees, a smack of Bow Wow Wow, Suicide, Interpol, and Chicks on Speed, teenagersintokyo is something everyone can approve of.
E.L.F combines abstract dance sounds with a cheeky indie aesthetic. The first solo musical project for Gerling's Darren Cross, he uses laptop-based samples, live vocals and instrumentation to bring an inspired, multi-layered edge to the sound. E.L.F’s home-made film clip for debut single Cockroaches was made on a tight $12 budget and recently featured on Youtube, attracting over 157 000 hits in one week.
Unkle Ho has been writing electronic music since the heady days of the tracker revolution but is best known for his role in hip hop band, The Herd. Hints of rollicking speakeasies collide with gypsy jazz and ancient Asia under a bed of hip hop rhythms, Creating flashes of old-times set in modern landscapes with new technology, Unkle Ho brews a bewitching blend of samples, double bass, horns, harps, clarinets and more.
SEASON DETAILS: Sydney Underground
Dates/Times: Saturday 13 October at 9pm.
Venue: The Studio
Tickets: All tickets $25 / FBi supporters $20 per person
Bookings: (02) 9250 7777 or online at sydneyoperahouse.com
Duration: 3 hours