Cosmetics, Plastic Flowers, Psychobuildings, Heavenly Beat (DJ Set)
PopGun Presents Vancouver BC duo Cosmetics at Glasslands on july 10th.
Cosmetics are a two piece from Vancouver, BC. Their music is made for dancing, and with feeling and attention to the details. Their trip is sleek and synthetic meets human emotion. Cosmic glamour meets do-it-yourself. Voice and a rhythm. Frosty tropics and hazy nites. Love on the beat. Nic M and Aja Emma formed Cosmetics in Summer 2008, the first band for both of them. In 2009 they put together the Tuff Trax 8-track studio in their home where they work on sound and visuals every day. Cosmetics is their lifestyle.
Sean Earl Beard (aka Plastic Flowers) lives in Brooklyn with only Vocoders and thrifted floral shirts for company. Stuck in a time warp maybe, but when it sounds as good as his synth-led neurot-pop, who's complaining?
"The name Plastic Flowers comes from the Wake song." he says of his moniker. "I wanted something that sounded like it had been around forever." It's an apt reference - Plastic Flowers' music has the impeccable songsmithing of a kid raised on Sarah Records, with a hooky synth twist indebted to his favorite album, Dazzle Ships by OMD ("it taught me that you can be high-minded and lofty and still make a catchy song").
"Drive Me Home" is an anxious, Halloween-set suburban melodrama, where bumming a ride home is the evening's last shot at companionship. It's the clandestine romance of the girl next door, with the stark fact of what you'd like to do to her (and a cool bass hook that just won't quite). As the title of his current 7" goes, "Strange Neighbors/Serious Pleasures".
So what's your favorite flower - plastic or otherwise? "Orchids are wonderful!" Sean enthuses. The rarest, most fragile flower? How come? "Well, I like all the symbolism of gender and virility involved with them." Ah, Gotcha
Blending jam based punk aesthetics with a laser focus on beat and melody, Psychobuildings recalls an era of music, when pop, rock, and disco began fusing together to stir up new club sensations.
Frontman, Peter LaBier, complements percussive vocal deliveries with angular and spasmodic dance moves. Despite the clean pop structure of the songs, the end result manages to sound both abstract and loose. Synths buzz and swirl around the beat, courtesy of Peter Schuette. Juan Pieczanski plays additional percussion, synthesizers, and handles the production duties. The group's first single is available on All Hands Electric and Cass Club.
-HEAVENLY BEAT (DJ SET)-
Texas native John Pena began writing and performing under the Heavenly Beat guise in the latter part of 2009. After a handful of unfulfilling and embarrassing live shows, John put performing on the back burner and began working on building a stronger set of songs. John emerged from his bedroom after months of leisurely paced recording with a couple of tracks that would become his first release on Captured Tracks in the form of the 7 inch single â€œSudayâ€. Being influenced by nothing in particular has payed off as many have had trouble pinning the sound down as anything other than â€œimmaculately arranged and pacedâ€ and â€œattractive music for attractive peopleâ€. Thus again proving that just because youâ€™ve heard a song by The Cure or Neil Young doesnâ€™t mean you have to ape it shamelessly to gain wide acceptance. Shortly after the release of â€œSudayâ€ Heavenly Beat released the A side â€œFaithlessâ€ for their forthcoming 2nd single, igniting not only the blog world but the interest of the uninformed few who might have missed â€œSudayâ€. By paying homage to no one but himself, John Penaâ€™s band has become one to watch in 2012.