A musical laboratory is quite a sight---keyboards of all sizes, switches, gadgets, pedals, guitars, drums and huge speakers---organized in a way no outsider could possibly understand. It all makes perfect sense to Craig Mercer and Aaron Collier, the mad men behind Scientists of Sound.
Formerly of Halifax's Jimmy Swift Band, the duo have been making music in Nova Scotia's electronic scene for almost two years. "Aaron and I used to jam before band practice and he proposed the idea of a live looping electronic show," says Mercer. What seemed like the natural next step turned into an exciting, visual and full-time gig.
With a name like Scientists of Sound, you'd expect to see slimy turntables connected to speakers blasting a sick beat making toxic green goo dance, but it's a bit simpler than that. "When we perform, there's just a ridiculous amount of shit. Wires, buttons, crazy fucking shit everywhere, so that's kind of where the name Scientists of Sound came from," says Mercer.
The pair will be dragging all their crazy fucking shit from coast to coast this summer, with scheduled performances at Evolve in Antigonish and Shambhala in British Columbia. They're also releasing their first full-length studio album this fall, which is rumoured to be "slamming", and is going to get things bubbling. "We're in the studio everyday rocking out and furthering our world domination," says Mercer.
This sounds like a Pinky and the Brain episode, especially because Mercer and Collier dress up like animals in lab coats on stage. But the similarities end with their choice of species. Collier always sports rabbit ears and Mercer can be seen rocking a cat-giraffe hybrid mask. There's no rhyme or reason for it, Mercer just lives near Boutilier's Costume Rentals, so why not?
For this show, they're asking the audience to dress up like mammals too, and do it like the Discovery Channel. It'll be wilder than a zoo let loose.
Scientists of Sound Animal Party w/Tupper Ware Recon Party (Bombustron and Commander Meouch of TWRP), Gigas, Saturday, May 19, Michael’s Bar and Grill, 6100 Young Street, 10pm, $12 advance, $15 door, online at ticketpro.ca
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