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Information Society's Kurt Harland and "Running" writer/singer Murat Konar

Since I was excited about the show I got to the DNA Lounge early in the hopes of hearing a few electronic songs to dance to. The first hour I wasn't disappointed with flashbacks from: Microchip League, Killing Joke, The Art of Noise, Kraftwerk, Fake, Kon Kan, and a few others I hadn't heard in ages. The night would prove to be an interesting mix of Goth, electronic and pop styles.   

The first opening act was a Siouxsie and the Banshees tribute band called Spellbound. The lead singer looked a bit like a second cousin to Siouxsie, but her vocal range wasnít the same and she doesn't have much of a presence. Deep in my loins I longed to see the real Siouxsie who is currently touring and will be playing at the Fillmore in SF this February.

After about an hour the second band, The Telltale Heartbreakers came out. The lead singer reminded me of a Kelly Osborne/Clarkson fusion. They played their hearts out, but similar to Romero's undead, the crowd was barely moving. The band's music was such murder to my ears I wanted to look under the floorboards for a beating heart. I personally was more fascinated by the female volunteer  sitting on the side stairs battling a fog machine while clicking switches to operate what I believed to be a spinning light on stage.

Around 11:30 Information Society took to the stage and knew how to get the crowd going. The lead singer Kurt Harland didnít take himself too seriously and instantly erased the memory of having to sit through the two opening acts. They played a variety of their best songs from old and new albums and the previously inanimate audience began dancing and enjoying themselves.

As the band played video clips were projected on multiple screens and ranged from old cold war footage to vintage Star Trek. We were even treated to hearing "Running" performed by its original writer and singer, Murat Konar and the song "Run Away" utilizing the vocals of Kurt and guest singer Marisa Lenhardt who has an incredible voice. Towards the end the group sang "Whatís on your mind/Pure Energy" and a small fight broke out, but they never missed a beat. Their encore performance was a rousing cover of Gary Numanís "Are Friends Electric".

 

It REALLY is worth seeing Information Society in concert. The live show is a multimedia extravaganza. After all these years their music is still played in clubs, on the radio, and remixes come out all the time. The music on their new album is great and I'm especially fond of the duet "Run Away" which you can hear on their myspace page or the live version with the more talented singer Marisa Lenhardt at the DNA Lounge link below. Perhaps with future shows instead of mismatched opening bands they'll continue with a little more old school electronic dance music to get people in the mood or tour with synth/electronic groups.  Overall, the bandís showmanship with multiple outfit changes & Kurt's quirky sense of humor and witty banter make for a fun time.

If you're in Austin, Texas on January 18th check out their next show at:
The Elysium

Information Society's Official Website:
INFORMATION SOCIETY OFFICIAL WEBSITE

ADD them on myspace!
Information Society on Myspace

Check out DNA's archived webcast of the show under January 13th.
Information Society starts at about 11:30PM:
DNA LOUNGE WEBCAST ARCHIVE


Bras thrown from the audience and placed on a mic is always a nice touch. Tom Jones eat your heart out.


The lovely and talented Marisa Lenhardt

Special thanks to Photographer John Adams who allowed us to use his photos for this feature.

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The English Beat STILL rocks the house! Dave Wakeling LOVES playing music and when I saw him he sang for nearly 2Ĺ hours. If theyíre anywhere near you go see them NOW!!!

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From recent TV performances and videos I thought Deborah Harry's voice might be shot, but her vocal range at a performance at the Fillmore in SF recently surprised the heck out of me.

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-Randy Waage
randy@retrocrush.com

 

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