THE INTERNET at the Hoxton (69 Bathurst), Saturday (March 22), doors 7 pm. $15. TW.
When musicians are playing SXSW, trying to nail down a phone interview with them feels impossible. The last thing anyone wants to do is talk to a writer in Toronto.
Still, The Internet - Syd Bennett and Matt Martians - finally made time for a quick call from a rooftop (sigh) in Austin.
The psychedelic soul duo have some advice for fans coming to see them at the Hoxton.
"If you're going to come to our show and you haven't seen us before, do some research on Jamiroquai and N.E.R.D.," Bennett says. "Come to dance. Come to groove."
Blending those influences (N.E.R.D. member Chad Hugo co-produced lead single, Dontcha), the Odd Future subgroup has found its stride on their most-recent release Feel Good. Highlighted by more sweet, inviting vocals from Bennett and bolder experimentation, the group is eager to show off their progression since debut album Purple Naked Ladies was released in 2011.
With one tour under their belts, they're equally pleased with the live show's evolution.
"Confidence-wise, we're getting into our pocket," says Martians. "It's all coming together."
While Bennett first came onto the scene as Odd Future's teenage DJ, she quickly paired up with Atlanta producer Martians to form their current oufit. The two have been inseparable ever since, often finishing each other's sentences.
They are especially in sync on the topic of fan connection.
"It's tight to see how people react to music in person. You can hear it all day with words, but being able to see people react to music and dancing, that's the best part," says Martians.
Returning to cities they visited in 2012, but performing bigger spaces this time around, Bennett and Martians look forward to showing off stronger stage presence and tighter choreography.
"Just being able to perform your product in person," says Bennett, "it's like a presentation: ‘This is my project, I've been working on it and I hope you like it.' And when people love it, it does something for you - your self-esteem, your confidence. It even helps your charisma."