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Bloody Beetroots: "I Don't See Dance Music as an Hedonistic Escape"

As the boil of EDM becomes ever more bulbous, new variations of the scene need to be explored. Well, look no further. Italy's Bloody Beetroots provide a blast of molten punk anarchy to the normally euphoric genre, fueling an incredibly intense live experience that's heading straight to Fort Lauderdale on Thursday.

Their penchant for wearing Venom masks during performances on the surface might make them seem like another gimmicky electronic outfit. However, the band, which is the brainchild of Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo, has already released two well-received albums that defy genre classification, leaving lazy music journalists in quite a tizzy.

Rifo is a classically trained musician who applies his eclectic talents to the latest album, Hide. The 15 tracks are a pulsating maelstrom of samples, effects, piano solos, and vocals that are sometimes hushed, frequently roared. Like a Medieval bladesmith, Rifo uses his talents to bludgeoning effect. None other than Paul McCartney appears on the single "Out of Sight," an electro-rock mashup that briefly wipes the saccharine warblings of "Silly Love Songs" from the memory. Other collaborations include Flood, Peter Frampton, and Tommy Lee.

Expect a full band to keep the pace constantly at frenetic and the snooze button to be sonically smashed as Bloody Beetroots mine the subversive qualities of electronica, energizing the EDM crowd into a throbbing mosh pit. Bloody Beetroots will definitely drag EDM out of the sterility of the mainstream and retool it as an aurally progressive, propulsive, and even political instrument of musical madness.

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Steve Brennan