Or should the headline read, “Oh noise, who’s bringing the Dear to the Works? Either way it works. Simply put, Matthew Dear is playing a live show at Public Works on Friday, February 24th for the Noise Pop festival. Won’t that be a hoot? Yes it will. And it’s a live set not a dj set, so you’ll get to hear him in all his glory, pushing out a clutch of his own tunes.
Matthew Dear really needs no introduction to Bay Area electronic music fanatics. He’s played here to capacity crowds on many occasions, while his releases on quality imprints like Ghostly International and Spectral Sound have garnered him a massive global following. Tunes like “Dog Days” and “Pom Pom” are forever etched on our minds due to their infectious grooves and Dear’s dry, ironic vocal approach. His Audion side project helps the minimal tech kids shake a leg and has provided some tasty remixes for artists as diverse as Hot Chip. Claude Von Stroke and Sasha. We are expecting him to bring it and we’re sure he will.
Also on the bill for the night are live performances from three other acts. Maus Haus is a local six piece who have developed a habit of stunning local audiences with their live appearances. Check their Lark Marvels long player too. Exray’s are a local ensemble who combine guitar driven indie-pop with delicate keyboard melodies. They’ve been on big movie soundtracks (The Social Network) and had their debut single featured on Secret Seven’s ‘In a Cloud‘ compilation, where they were placed among some of San Francisco’s best such as, The Fresh & Onlys, Thee Oh Sees, Sonny and the Sunsets, Kelley Stoltz and The Sandwitches.
Completing the live line-up is San Diego outfit Tropical Popsicle, a band who can effortlessly turn out C86 type janglism (OK I made that word up. What’re youz gonna do about it, eh?) on tracks like “The Age Of Attraction,” and conjure up the cute, electronic coldness of “The Beach With No Footprints,” which sounds like Joy Division colliding with D.A.F. and The Chameleons outside a toy shop in Twin Peaks (the weird TV town not the SF neighborhood).
And to top it all off and finish the night with a good old dancin’ session there’s As You Like It resident, capable deck technician and Scotsman far fae hame (that’s Scottish speak for “Far from home.” Add this into your growing European phrase book), MossMoss, or Mattie Bowen as he is known to the girl at the cash register of his local butcher’s. MossMoss will be knockin’ out some electronic dancing jams and you will like it. And so will we. This is gonna be a night and a half, so please join us on the floor, on the boards, at the bars and near the stage at the Works.