Modeselektor’s Gernot Bronsert (left) and Sebastian Szary hope the sound system at the Social can handle them.
MODESELEKTOR with TMDP at the Social (1100 Queen West), Thursday (January 22), 10 pm. $18.50. 416-532-4474.
Sebastian Szary, half of veteran German IDM techno duo Modeselektor, is still detectably giddy - and you would be too if your band had just spent two weeks opening for Radiohead on a full-blown Japanese tour.
As it turns out, Modeselektor's weird, glitchy synths caught the ear of Thom Yorke back in 2003, and he's since made himself available, collaborating with the guys on their track The White Flash and commissioning remixes from the duo.
The first time Modeselektor were called upon to open for Radiohead was back in the summer - before any talk of Japanese dates - at Berlin's Parkbühne Wuhlheide.
"We actually saw Radiohead play there on September 11, 2001," remembers Szary on the phone from their Berlin studio. "We were just in the crowd as fans; we never thought that one day we'd be playing alongside them. We owe Radiohead a big thank-you!"
Since releasing their last record, Happy Birthday! (BPitch Control) back in 2007, Modeselektor have been busy releasing a series of three colour-coded remix singles (the final one is set to drop in February on BPitch Control) as well as readying a new collaborative record with fellow Berliner Apparat under the portmanteau name Moderat, a full-length that Szary says will be released in April.
The last time the duo hit Toronto, their elaborate set-up almost started a fire - "When we played at the Horseshoe, we overloaded their power converter and it started smoking during our set!" - and Szary promises the upcoming show will be even more intense.
"When we play our songs live, we're actually rearranging them, so it's never the same set twice."