The Fire and Reason
Kinetic Playground; Sat 6
It’s no shocker that former electro-clash Svengali and New York club-music impresario Larry Tee plans to release the debut album from this fresh-from-the-streets electro-rock act. This raw but promising band got its start at the influential Death Disco night at the Delancey club in Manhattan. Now, the band (Bella Saona and Steve Narvaez perform as a duo in a laptop-and guitars DJ-style PA for this week’s club set) has the potential to break electro-rock in the mainstream—at least that’s what we’ve gleaned from demos it sent over.
A combination of Lower East Side rock chick, ’80s Madonna, South American hipster and international jet-setter, Saona has that effortless star quality that sets some electro-rockers a few notches higher right off the bat. The New York–born club vixen spent her formative years in Brazil and Paraguay—and she switches languages for stylistic purposes, working in Portuguese on the baile-funk-influenced party track “Preste Atençao.” While “Mi Corazon” has the giddy optimism of Latin pop with buzzing basslines of a club banger on top of a prototypical dance-punk beat—it could give the Ting Tings a run for their money. But the attitude is more cosmopolitan than world beat. The band’s “Crawl” owes something to Goldfrapp’s electro-glam updates “Ooh La La” and “Number 1.” All the tunes are shot through with that New York party attitude that makes dancing feel like a criminal act or the gateway to another long weekend of hedonism, but only in the best way.
The Fire and Reason headlines. Saber (formerly echonine) plays live and DJs Trancid, Nando, Cedeño, Victor Lua, Prentice Thomas and Hilary Rawk spin electro and more till the wee hours.