Factory Floor

Factory Floor was so GOTH! So great. I felt like I was in Manchester in the 80’s. The best part was the way the drummer interacted with the synth loops. (three members – synths, drums, bass) I didn’t realize that’s how they normally record and play their tracks – with a real-life rock drummer (HOT btw). First all the analog synth lines are kicked off, all really industrial sounds and different rhythms layered one after the other. Then the drummer starts off super minimalist, just one kick or a cowbell or hi-hat every eighth count, building suspense, then he adds more beats little by little, very mathematically, until he’s in full industrial disco rockout mode. The bassist comes in last and pushes everything over the edge into a sonic blast. That’s their formula for each track, just like an assembly line as their name suggests. Everything is super precise and really loud. Just amazing.

Factory Floor

There were a few young pups in there who were clearly on something, what I don’t know – really hyper-spaz dancing as if in a mosh pit, but just with each other, grabbing each other a lot, jumping up and down, wildly shaking heads and just generally freaking out. It was fun to watch. I can gather how, while on crank or whatever they were up to, the music would make them freak out that way. But any old sober waver in big boots at Lovecraft would put them to shame, interpreting a Factory Floor song into a solid groove.

Bubblin’ homewerk: Jerome LOL and Astronomar 11/23

For our undying Readers Dearest who have asked, the answer is, “yes.” Of course we’re going to the next Bubblin’ gig featuring Jerome LOL and Astronomar, plus homies/dj’s/producers Lincolnup and Ben Tactic. My foot has mostly healed from the bloodthirsty stilettos of Todd Edwards. There will be dancing and merriment.

Bubblin' flyer

Bubblin’ with Jerome LOL and Astromomar

I’m excited for this gig because I’m ready for sh*t to get weird. We’ve had mad European techno, disco/nu-disco, New York house and ballroom, a tinge of old-school acid house (bless you for this, Ben) and funky garage entertaining us this fall here, but we haven’t been totally freaked out in a while.

Astronomar (of Seattle) and Jerome LOL (of Los Angeles) are both freaking me out a bit already as I do my music homework, for I get really masculine (straight masculine) vibes from both of them. The former with violently hard bass-lines, and the latter with sexy slow-jams replete with bedroomy R&B vocal samples. I’m used to my dance music making me feel way queer-er than straighter. ‘Twill be so weird! Will we feel uncomfortable at venerably friendly Groove Suite? That would be a first. We’ll swallow (eww! gross!) the straight style to obtain the boundary-pushing that is Bubblin’s hallmark. I guess Astronomar is also kind of Moombahton-fresh (house / reggaeton fusion)…definitely looking forward that special brand of jam-kicking.

See you there. If we’re retreating like Baby in a corner out of fright, please be our Swayze and get us to dance. But not too dirty, please. Gross.

straight people dancing

this could be us