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If the robotic riot is run by neon EDM cats, it would not be so unhealthy.

Black Tiger Sex Machine makes the sort of digital dance music designed to liquefy brains and get the juice boiling in glow sticks.

It’s darkish, heavy and metallic sounding EDM that attracts from the extremes of Justice, Daft Punk and Nine Inch Nails – a lot of robotic noise, wobbly bass and onerous drops within the combine. It’s cinematic within the Michael Bay vein, and is paired with suitably apocalyptic 3D visuals – skulls and snakes, darkish symbols of the atomic age, and creepy robotic cats.

The Montreal trio of Patrick Barry, Marc-André Chagnon and Julien Maranda shaped BTSM about 10 years in the past and slowly grew into a correct pyrotechnics and laser EDM act, having carried out on the Ultra Music Festival and Lollapalooza.

After its largest tour thus far was canceled round mid-way on account of COVID-19, Black Tiger Sex Machine resumed dwell performances at outside venues final summer time and is at present on its first main highway outing since early 2020. The 28-stop Tour was an ideal launch of vitality for each the group and the viewers who as soon as once more need to lose their minds to bounce music.

“Some of the shows we’ve had have had our craziest energy yet – people just go nuts and scream, dance and sing non-stop,” says Barry. “This tour is what we hoped for 2020 to be. We kind of remade them and basically took them to the next level.”

In 2020, Black Tiger Sex Machine launched its second LP, Futuristic Thriller, together with a live-action video that includes a central character, Naomi, and her robotic cat pal – who’s believed to be Black Tiger’s intercourse machine – who combating her approach by way of a dystopian cyberpunk futurescape. The video was built-in into the group’s already immersive stage present.

“We have this built universe around our music,” says Barry. “When individuals come to our present, our purpose is to take them into our universe and create a special expertise in order that the visuals inform a narrative, so it isn’t nearly listening to music, it is a full audiovisual expertise .”

The storyline continues with the identical characters returning for extra sci-fi motion on the trio’s third album, Once Upon A Time in Cyberworld, which was launched earlier this yr.

“Growing up we were big fans of sci-fi movies and anime and video games and all that, and we tried to bring those influences into our project,” says Barry. “That’s been the background of our music since we started 10 years ago, from our simple cover art to music videos to these much bigger shows we do.”

Unlike some DJs who simply hit the spacebar on their laptops and dance across the stage, Black Tiger Sex Machine makes use of an array of {hardware} — loopers and drum machines and synths — to drag off their sound in actual time.

“It’s more interesting for the audience and also more interesting for us,” says Barry. “There are three of us so we are able to have somewhat bit extra on stage. From the beginning we tried to do that hybrid DJ set the place it’s totally quick paced and we attempt to hold a whole lot of vitality all through the present but in addition use these dwell components to carry one thing extra distinctive and natural to the present so as to add.”

As all the time, the trio will take the stage in Spokane in robotic cat helmets adorned with LEDs synchronized to an elaborate lighting rig.

“We didn’t start with the helmets,” Barry notes, “however at a sure level we thought, ‘Hey, this may be a cool thought so as to add somewhat gentle aspect to our present,’ and it sort of labored for some purpose. People responded to that and we not solely constructed on that for our visuals, however targeted on delivering the absolute best musical and visible manufacturing.

Donning the robotic cat helmets additionally helps Barry and his bandmates get into character and lose themselves of their bone-jarring, mind-bending performances.

“It’s kind of like an athlete putting on their gear, or an actor putting on a costume,” he says. “The last part of our stage outfits that is worn in the helmet and puts you in that focused mode.” ♦

Black Tiger Sex Machine, Kai Wachi, Hairitage, Vampa • Sat May 14 at 8pm • $30-$35 • All ages • Knitting Factory • 919 W. Sprague Ave. • sp.knittingfactory.com • 509-244-3279

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