Bergen’s vital outfit Casiokids continues its international campaign with a US/Canadian tour in late August.
«Scandinavia’s premier pop-tronica outfit,» reads NME’s description of Moshi Moshi-signed Casiokids; most playful spawn of the Bergen vogue. The name relates to the band relying on vintage Casio synths, and with an almost equal emphasis on theatre, props and on-stage performance, their aim is to make electronic music more visual. Casiokids is a new concept, not just a hot new name in electro pop; their dance- and joy-inspiring amalgam has taken Britain and Europe by playful surprise. May 26th marks the start of yet another UK tour for the likeable collective. Appearances in London, Birmingham, Tunbridge Wells, Bristol, Nottingham and Manchester are on the band itinerary and the tour also includes gigs at the Dot to Dot Festival.
The 19th of August marks the start of Casiokids August US/Canadian tour which includes gigs in Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, Minneapolis, Chicago and Detroit.
Old analogue and trashy keyboards, pop melodies and a digital & shadow puppet theatre make up the creative collective that is Casiokids. The band sprung out of an idea of making electronic music more visual, but has developed further into being a collective of theatre blended with pop melodies often sung in their native language and influenced by afro-beat, techno and out-and-out pop. The music draws similarities and according to the band members, they take inspiration from Paul Simon's "Graceland", Ivor Cutler, New Order, King Tubby, Bob Hund, Cornelius and Fela Kuti.
"I always say, if you want some enormously danceable, minimalist Afro-funk and space-disco (with a donk on it), then you need to reach out to beardy Norwegians, for it is only they who are capable of making records as brilliantly lunatic as this. For a start, it's entirely instrumental; for another start, it is propelled along its golden path by the single greatest synth noise in the history of electricity and wires; and, for a third start, it's all over in less than three minutes. Everything lovable about popular music is here and it has a video to accompany it that is both mentally compelling and sort of hilarious. Casiokids: you rule in all sorts of wonderful new ways."
"Fot i hose", Single of the week in the Guardian
"A sublimely synthy debut from Scandinavia’s premier poptronica outfit…Casiokids are an absolute necessity (8/10)" NME review of ‘Grønt lys i alle ledd’
"My other favourite Norwegian discovery, Casiokids (...) switch styles so much that it’s hard to really pin them down—variables include high, winsome vocals, rubbery 8-bit melodies, dancey backing tracks, slashy post-punk guitars, a multi-media stage show with various kinds of puppets and video projections, and just generally a sweet and crazy party vibe."
Pitchforkmedia.com review of Øya Festival
Casiokids' Last.fm site
Casiokids' MySpace site
Casiokids' on Spotify
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