Sioux City Boys Club, aka producers Mick Wilson and Luke Pepper, might have only been working together for a year, but their imminent live show at Together at The Coronet on Friday 30th April alongside Felix Da Housecat already threatens to shake-up the usual Midi knob-twiddling suspects. “We didn’t just want to be a studio/DJ band,” explains Mick. “We wanted to add a new dimension to the whole concept, especially when it came to taking the project on the road, so we incorporate custom-made video, graphics and various other visual elements into our stage show.”
With a debut album being honed in their studio, some of which “is avant-garde, some out and out dance music with other bits sounding more like an indie band,” offers for summer club and festival dates are already flooding in, as word of their Cube — part of a uniquely hi-tech set-up — has begun to filter out.
“The Cube is all custom-built,” Mick explains. “We came up with the idea when we were toying around with how we can approach and add 3D images to our stage set-up. “The Cube itself rotates, and gives an added dimension of motion to the visuals that are sequenced onto and through its surface. There has been a lot of process mapping and 3D bitmapping to create some mind-blowing effects.”
If this sounds like the kind of eyeball wrecking experience that matter’s state-of-the-art set-up offers, then it should come as no surprise that Luke, “an electronic genius whiz kid” who also provides vocals on some of the band’s tracks, was responsible for designing its Bodysonic dancefloor.
Given this love of gadgets and forward thinking futurism, the beginning of electronic music in the ’80s is still a shared inspiration for the band, who name-check everyone from The Jesus & Mary Chain to The Communards as early influences, and they recently contributed a cover of ‘Barbarella’ to a sci-fi compilation.
“It’s not the usual electro-pop,” smiles Mick when we ask about a cover of Sisters Of Mercy’s classic, ‘Temple of Love’. “It’s more gothic-style.”
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