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Minus World 

Thoughtful dance music

Minus World originally started out as a solo project, after singer/keyboardist Justin Wiles saw a Rich Aucoin show and realized that you don’t need a band---or even a guitar ---to write thoughtful, emotive dance music. However, he eventually decided he needed a drummer and enlisted Kat Williams on the kit. Their debut EP is deceptively complex ---each song features the whimsical chiming of Nintendo-inspired 8-bit synths and keytars, but they score songs that are built like pieces of a glam rock opera, with sweeping vocals, fluid song structures and a capella incantations. (The band is known for using a Nintendo DS to play backing tracks during live shows, which Wiles insists is due to portability rather than gimmickry.) It’s ambitious music for such a young band, but Wiles and Williams pull it off. The EP is currently on Bandcamp, and you can check out Wiles’ music collective, Berserker Lion, and all upcoming events at

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