Have you ever woken up from a dream, then tried to go back to sleep in hopes of picking up where you left off? That feeling is exactly how I would describe an evening with STRFKR and Psychic Twin. It certainly had all the surreal trademarks of a quality dream.
Clad in the reflective skeletons of tutus, Psychic Twin opened the night, inviting the crowd to join in their immersive musical experience. Bathed in all colours of light, percussionist Rosana Caban laid down clean rhythms that propelled the music forward, while singer and pianist Erin Fein sang her dark, languid lullabies. It’s the type of music I like to call stop-and-stare: music full of lush melodies and heart-tugging vocal lines that leaves you staring in awe – despite the groovy rhythm accompaniment. The last song was especially transcendental, featuring flashing lights synchronized to the instruments created the effect of a stop-motion movie. Maybe I’m just a sucker for strobe lights though.
Anyone who thought that they were finished with their daily dose of surreal, extra-terrestrial adventure after Psychic Twin departed was sorely mistaken. Indeed, keeping with the space theme, STRFKR was joined on stage by up to 4 dancing astronauts at any given time (including Fein and Caban returning in astronaut helmets later in the show during a cover of “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”). At one point, one of the astronauts crowd-surfed on a giant inflatable rubber ducky. I wish my dreams were this fantastical.
And the music! It’s impossible not to get into their tunes. Their brand of electro-dance rock is absolutely infectious, and undeniably unmatched. It helps that their new album, which they played extensively from, is front-to-back wild ride. From the soaring synths of “Tape Machine” to the indomitable, disco-heavy “In the End”, they know how to make music that cuts to the core of what makes people want to groove, and they wield it with a vengeance. Of course, having 4 hype men (and/or women) on stage helps.
While the band themselves are quite modest and not much for showmanship, they clearly appreciate the value of a spectacular performance. Keep these guys on your radar if you’re into dancing or just generally having fun!