Australian trio Art vs. Science may not sound familiar to all—unless you’ve been paying attention to the international electronic circuit. Time will tell if they make it big here, but the band has built a following in their native country off the back of two independently released EPs (both of which have gone Gold) and thanks to their off-the-wall live show that has seen them ascend to almost-headline status at festivals around their native country. Now the trio is headed to our shores in support of their first US release, Magic Fountain EP, released on March 15, 2011.
Art vs. Science makes dance music made for Marshall stacks. Imagine AC/DC throwing robots in a drum shop. The songs that comprise the EP are huge, off the wall, unrelenting dance tunes that sound like hyper-color jams forged from sleepless nights and ADD (partly because they are). Front-man/keyboardist Dan Mac lays it out rather nicely:
I dont know what we sound like and were not trying to figure it out either. We just play it and if we like it then thats what it sounds like.
What Art vs. Science do arrive at is a thumping electronic hybrid of sounds that’s unusual in its execution—they don’t use computers, backing tracks, or samples. Every sound they record, and perform during their frenetic live show is made by cranking keyboards through guitar amps and a single drumkit.
08/11 MIAMI, FL Electric Pickle
08/12 NEW YORK, NY Bowery Ballroom
08/13 CHICAGO, IL North Halsted Market Days
08/14 CHICAGO, IL Empty Bottle
08/18 TUCSON, AZ Club Congress
08/19 PHOENIX, AZ Brick
08/20 MEXICO CITY, MEXICO Voila Acoustique
08/21 VANCOUVER, BC Fortune Sound Club
08/23 PORTLAND, OR Doug Fir
08/24 SAN FRANCISCO, CA Bottom Of The Hill
08/25 SONOMA, CA Amphitheater
08/26 SAN DIEGO, CA Casbah
08/27 LOS ANGELES, CA Sunset Junction (w/ The Hundres Days, Art Brut, Butthole Surfers, Melvins)
08/28 TACOMA, WA Grit City Fest
Art vs Science cover Daft Punk: