Stereo Image thrives on the opposing views of Nat Rabb (left) and Johnny Dark.
STEREO IMAGE with SHOUT OUT OUT OUT OUT and OPOPO at Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor West), tonight (Thursday, October 30), 9 pm. $15. 416-870-8000.
Stereo Image's sparse electro evokes chilly thoughts of urban alienation, so it's fitting that the duo's music is a tale of two cities: Baltimore and Hamilton.
S.I.'s Johnny Dark was a founding member of Steeltown's Junior Boys along with Jeremy Greenspan, but he ducked out before all the blog hype. And before B'more's Nat Rabb, aka disco glam singer San Serac, toured the U.S. opening for les Boys.
It took a label rep from UK imprint KIN (which has released music by everyone involved in this bizarre electro triangle) to connect the dots that led to Stereo Image.
"Johnny had his whole aesthetic worked out," says Rabb while stuck in traffic on the Massachusetts Turnpike, on his way to play a San Serac gig in New York. "He had a body of work that suggested a complete thought, a vision. His approach is the polar opposite of mine. I'm maximal and he's minimal. His music is so skeletal and stripped back, it surprised me."
Stereo Image have just released their self-titled debut (Frog Man Jake/Normals Welcome/KIN) and are getting ready to embark on a short Ontario tour. Rabb says their first string of live dates will build on - not replicate - their studio output.