Nobody could stop talking about Fritz and Hans Helder's brief but outrageous set at Thymeless last Friday, featuring choreographed dancers and over-the-top costumes. It was part of Voltage's Fubar, an evening of electro, Italo disco, new wave and assorted left-field dance-floor sounds.
The demo the Helders have been working on is fucking hot, kind of like a freaked-out gay version of Prince before he discovered God. Be sure to keep an eye out for this Fritz Helder guy - the kid's got attitude and style for days, and songwriting chops to back them up.
Later on, Cryogenetic, a local electro funk producer and DJ, scratched up a storm as he worked his sampler and assorted machines, bringing us back to the early days of breakdancing and electro. Though he's been working this fun and frantic style for a while now and is absurdly prolific as a producer, he's still relatively unknown.
Originally, Detroit duo Sharif Zawideh and Scott Zacharias were slated to wrap up the night, but in a last minute-change Zawideh was replaced by Safety Scissors , a respected IDM artist who tagged along for the trip to Canada. Surprisingly, Safety Scissors played no nerdy glitch tracks, instead focusing on that vintage synth disco sound for his tag-team set with Zacharias.
Here comes Shack Up
Ditched my band on Thursday night after our gig to check out Shack Up , the weekly indie rock party at the Queenshead Pub . What started out as a fairly low-key party evolved over the winter into a very popular night that regularly reaches capacity. The official residents are Mikey Apples and Jaime Sin , but they often bring in guests to help out. The tunes are eclectic, and the vibe is warm and friendly. Definitely one of the hotter Thursday-night parties.
Guns getting serious
A shooting inside Club 26 Saturday night sent one man to hospital with multiple gunshot wounds. This was particularly chilling for me, since I'd planned to check out the popular urban night Saturday but couldn't because I had a DJ gig across town at Revival. It's already been a bad year for gunplay in nightclubs' hopefully this isn't a sign of things to come over the summer. Film Lounge closed down over the weekend, not surprising considering that the club has suffered through two shootings over the past year.
Will metal detectors become more common? They're a good idea for larger clubs, but rising security costs are making it harder for clubs to break even. Paid-duty police officers and airport-style equipment don't come cheap.
Keeping the guns out of the clubs may not make that much difference. Many shootings actually occurred outside after patrons were refused entry. There's no easy solutions to this growing problem, but something needs to change. People shouldn't be scared to go to a party.