One of the driving forces behind Respectable Street's Thursday-night indie mainstay, "Flaunt," DJ J.J. Contramus, has branched out on his own with a new project titled Symbols. Chock-full of brooding synthesizers and distant, unintelligible lyrics, this is "witch-house" finally embedding itself in South Florida. In layman's terms and (as the name implies,) Symbols (and Michigan's Salem before it) craft spooky, tripped-out dance music. Probably the kind of stuff a zonked-on-ecstasy Freddy Krueger might groove to.
Symbols is actually a local supergroup of sorts, with Contramus joined by Lauren Dwyer and Ates Isildak from guitar-fuzz distillers Band in Heaven and Dan Potvi of Lake Worth's charging rock quartet Leading the Heroes. Symbols made its debut March 18 opening up for icy-cool synth-pop group Freezepop. Its gig tonight across the street at the Lounge -- as part of its Wednesday-night industrial/EDM dance night, "Industrial Strength Wednesdays" -- marks gig number two. To coincide with the show, the group has also released its debut track, "Failed Again," a lush, ethereal number that lingers ominously between My Bloody Valentine and Dead Can Dance.
Symbols 10 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, at the Lounge ,517 Clematis St., West Palm Beach. No cover. Click here.
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