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S.O.S.FEST - DARKWAVE NITE: Psyche + Dada Pogrom + Douce Angoisse + The Marquis

Presented by: Switched On Synths, House of TARG
Doors: 9pm / Show 10pm / 19+
Cover: $12 + service charges adv / $14 at door / Free with festival pass

Ottawa’s popular electronic music series SWITCHED ON SYNTHS presents S.O.S.FEST - 5 evenings of synth fuelled events and concerts featuring legendary & emerging performers from Germany, Iceland, France, Toronto, Montreal & Ottawa all in the comfort of a true classic arcade. Each evening will focus on a specific genre within the synth spectrum including, DRONE/EXPERIMENTAL, SYNTHPOP & DARKWAVE.

 (Edmonton/Germany Darkwave Legends)
Using a term like LEGENDS is unavoidable in this case. Psyche are a Canadian dark synthpop band, now based in Germany. They debuted as a trio in 1982 (with Dwayne  Goettel - Skinny Puppy on keys) & went on to release the pioneering dark wave albums Insomnia Theatre (1985) & Unveiling the Secret (1986). To this day Darrin Huss & Stefan Rabura continue to add to an already prolific and influential catalogue. This is the real deal!

DADA POGROM (Iceland Tech Noir)
This eccentric Icelandic artist thrusts a genius contemporary take on an 80s minimal retro sound for his latest release “Kolophonium”. Fans of Kraftwerk & early Front 242 will immediately understand what’s going and will be delighted by masterful song writing, arrangements, instrumentation and the odd appearance of a catchy futuristic Sea Shanty.

DOUCE ANGOISSE (France/MTL MinimalDarkwave)
Douce covers a lot of ground: geographically, musically. She move from France to Montreal & spent time couple of years in the London electro scene in between. Her infectious brand of minimal electro is always dark with elements of disco & pop blended with full on punk circuit bending madness to create an unholy & transgressive matrimony. Expect a strange and frantic stage show. This performance will without a doubt inspire. 

THE MARQUIS (MTL Dark Electro)
Dark and chilling but is capable, every once in while, of offering up a pop sensibility that can stave off the inevitable "death & Dying". Masterful darkwave!  

THE OFFICIAL S.O.S.fest ZINE: Everything you need to know about the Switch On Synths festival happening June 14-18 at TARG  download the PDF here.